Here comes a really big confession. For YEARS, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I spent so much time pointing the finger at other people’s sin not to mention judging and condemning them a few loved ones in particular that I was spiritually BLIND to how big and bad and blatant my sin was! I was so focused on THEIR sin which to me seemed so incredibly BIG and BLATANT that some of my sin I couldn’t see at all and some of my sin I downplayed and some of my sin I excused and a tiny bit of my sin I confessed as sin and tried to do something about. God has since woken me up to the truth!
ALL SIN is SIN, and ALL SIN needs to be gotten rid of which God will enable us to do when we repent and turn to Him.
If you have ever had someone in your life who has an alcohol or drug addiction, has abused people, committed adultery, is a criminal, lives in a jail cell, is verbally abusive, is a lying stealing cheating politician, is a prostitute or pimp, sells drugs for a living, drinks and drives and keeps getting away with it, etc., it can be relatively easy to POINT THE FINGER and ignore our own sin. It can seem equally easy to ignore our sin when we see the news and all the wrongdoing in this world. But ALL SIN is SIN!
By the way, sometimes the very way we respond to others’ sin in our hearts, mouths, and actions is SIN. Examples? PRIDE, WORRY, JUDGMENT, CONDEMNATION, BITTERNESS, VENGEANCE, ANGER, CRITICISM, COMPLAINING, GOSSIP, CONTROL, MANIPULATION. Some of this may not be visible to others, and we may not think it is so bad compared to THEIR SIN. But ALL SIN is SIN!
Friend, NO MATTER THE SIN, it needs to go. Believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, turn to Jesus Christ as Lord, live for Jesus Christ as Lord, live in obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord, and as His humble, faithful follower, LEAVE THE SIN BEHIND.
God will give us the love, forgiveness, strength, grace, mercy, ability, help, support of fellow Jesus followers, absolutely all we need to purge the sin from our hearts, mouths, and lives!
Matthew 7:1-5 NKJV
1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.