How does God deal with Sin?

2 Cor. 21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.

Sin is replicative in nature. One act of sin calls for subsequent acts of the similar nature because of the momentary gratification it produces.

The effect of sin was one man sinned so all were called sinners since all inherited the sinful nature. What is Sin? Sin is simply not doing the good that we know to do. In other words it is the deliberate resistance to the urge to do good. Is there any logical explanation why we don’t do what we know is good and instead choose just the opposite? This is how sin works, it paralyses our discernment and blocks our vision.

What God did to deal with the disease of sin? He designed a solution that again is replicative in nature “Righteousness of God”. He brought himself down to the level of sinful men and became a part of the problem by sharing the sinful nature so that men may share in his righteousness. It’s easy to deal with the problem being a spectator but the challenge is to walk through it and work out a solution. When men were unable to do good, God became a part of the weakness of men by putting himself under sinful nature so that He could deliver those who come to him in faith.

We identify ourselves with those who have been through similar circumstances as we face. This is what God did. He planned a remedy to deal with sinful nature by being a part of sin, so that when tempted to sin, we may not rely on our own strength but know that strength is available from the one who has been through it. It was God’s love that brought him down and made him to share the sinful nature of men. The greater became smaller so that the smaller be exalted to stature of the greatest. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that whoever believe on him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

How does the God-given remedy work and what are the practical implications?

God’s dealing with sin makes us humble, for it declares that all of us have sinned and fell short of his glory. We all are the same and no one is better than the other. We all need a saviour to help us in our time of need.

God’s remedy encourages us to stand on the truth that we are God’s loving children and will always be despite being sinful. We never lose this identity despite our weak nature, since our identity is not made up by our works – good or bad. It’s already been established before we even did anything and no one can take it away from us.

Does the assurance that we always be loved despite our weakness give us a permission to lead an ungodly life knowing that the solution is available every time we do wrong? No. Once we have been enlightened, it becomes our responsibility to take God’s help and do our best not to go back to the old nature and habits. For the one who believes in God’s plan to deal with sin should also believe that God is powerful enough to save him from all temptations.

Are you deliberately running away from what your heart knows is good and tend to choose just the opposite? Are you tired that you have made many wrong choices and there is no going back? This is not true.

God has already designed a solution for you. Accept it with faith since it’s been designed by the one knows you intimately, He’s been through everything you are facing right now. Just believe your God and saviour that He is powerful enough to give you freedom. He loves you!

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Forgiveness – A Godly attribute

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”. Jesus spoke these words when he was on cross, offering himself as an eternal sacrifice to redeem mankind from sin and the effects of sin.

Christ has left a model for us to follow to forgive those who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not inherent in human nature, in fact the moment we realize that we are being wronged, we are filled with revenge and anger to do the same to the offender. Christ has not called us to do the same but to forgive and pray.

Forgiveness doesn’t come easy but with great efforts. Being “Unforgivers” by nature, Anger and hurt are the first few emotions we experience when someone offends us. When hurt, we have a choice to make – either exercise patience or react abruptly. Patience, though hard, allows us to analyse the situation with a different mindset. We can never exercise Godly attributes without God’s peace that is actually available to us at any time. By getting away from the situation and letting the peace work through our mind, we prepare groundwork for Godly forgiveness to work in us and through us.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “Pray for those who persecute you.” By choosing to pray for those who have done wrong to us, we allow God to control the situation. We feel free from the negative effects of unforgiveness the moment we have prayed for the offender. The matter is transferred from our own hands to the hands of the Lord, who is the true judge. And only He is able to change the mind of the offender through his own power that is above and beyond any human power.

A question might arise – What if the other person hasn’t forgiven you? The truth is that Christ has called us to follow Him without looking here and there. We are responsible for our own relation with the Lord without being carried away by who is doing what. Christ – the one who fills the forgiver with his won peace is able to bring a change in the life and attitudes of the offender at His own appointed time.

Forgiveness is not an option but a command from the Lord as written in Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins”.

Do you feel hurt and are filled with mixed emotions without a trace of peace in your life? Has someone wronged you and you feel burdened? This is the time to pray and ask God to allow his peace to flow through you, then pray for the person and forgive. Hard to do indeed but with God’s power all things are possible.