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What does the Bible say about Sin
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 1 Timothy 5:20
What is your definition of sin?
Writer: Billy Graham | billygraham.org
Sermon from Adrian Rogers. Best sermon I have ever heard about sin in our lives.
The Bible actually uses a number of examples or "word pictures" to illustrate what this means. For example, it tells us that sin is like an archer who misses the target. He draws back his bow and sends the arrow on its way -- but instead of hitting the bull's-eye, it veers off course and misses the mark. The arrow may only miss it a little bit or it may miss it a great deal -- but the result is the same: The arrow doesn't land where it is supposed to.
The same is true of sin. God's will is like the center of that target -- and when we sin, we fall short of His will or miss the mark. And this is something we do every day; as the Bible says,
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NKJV)For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.Romans 3 (KJV) verse 23
Even when we aren't aware of it, we commit sin by the things we do (or fail to do), or by the way we think.
This is why we need Christ, for only He can forgive us all our sins, and only He can help us live the way we should. We can't forgive ourselves, nor can we change our hearts and make ourselves better in God's eyes. But when we know Christ, He takes away our sins and comes to live within us by His Spirit. Does He live today in your heart?
One day, Jesus was invited for dinner at the home of a man named Simon. Franklin Graham tells us what happened:
Jesus tells a little story to Simon. He said, "Simon, two men owed money. One owed five hundred dollars; the other owed fifty. And neither one could pay them back. And so the money lender just cancelled both debts. Which one, Simon—tell me, which one would love the man the most?" And Simon said, "I suppose the one who was forgiven the most." And Jesus said, "Simon, you’ve answered correctly." (Luke 7:40-43(verse 40) And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
(verse 41) There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
(verse 42) And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
(verse 43) Simon answered and said, I suppose that [he], to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.Luke 7 verses 40-43)
It doesn’t matter how much you’ve sinned, or how little. You need to be forgiven.
What is this thing called sin?
Writer: Billy Graham | 1991 | billygraham.org
We have seen the progression of the "father of lies." He began in Eden. He was behind each of the major crises of faith and obedience down through the centuries. And he still deceives gullible men and women of every age.
An old Scottish clergyman said the devil has two lies that he uses at two different stages. Before we commit a sin, he tells us that one little sin doesn't matter - "no one will know." The second lie is that after we've sinned he tells us we're hopeless. We have all fallen, individually and collectively, and God does not consider this a trifling matter. Judgment hangs over the whole human race because of rebellion and disobedience. The Scripture says,