Respectable Sin – Part I

This week, we will be resurrecting some old posts from back in 2009. We hope you enjoy them.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.

Over the next few days, we are going to discuss some of the more respectable sins in our lives. None of us – that I know of – have committed any of the really ‘serious’ sins such as adultery, murder, homosexuality, etc. However, many of us, myself included, have allowed various ‘respectable’ sins to continue on in our lives.

I believe that we can find pride at the root of all of the sin in our lives. Pride shows itself in a multitude of ways. Obviously, we can all think of situations where we can exercise a sinful pride. But what about when we exhibit moral self righteousness? What about when we look down at others who we feel are less moral than us? Do we recognize these situations as sin? How about when we show pride of our correct doctrine? We have better doctrine than that other guy, obviously we are the better Christian and he is simply to be looked down upon and dismissed. Does having better doctrine give us the right to be prideful? Or does it offer us an opportunity to give thanks to God for the grace He has shown in our lives?

There are times in all of our lives when it is difficult to find something – anything – to be thankful for. But it is necessary for us to be constantly giving thanks to God for the work that He has done and is still doing in our lives. Whenever we are unable to find true thankfulness to God in our hearts it is sin. We should pull back, look at our lives in the big picture rather than the here and now, rather than the specific situation that is going on right now, and we should thank God. The mercy and grace that He has shown us is impossible for us to ever comprehend. This fact alone makes our opportunities to show thankfulness unlimited.

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