There is no big or little sin...A Sin Is A Sin...The Bible tells us that disobedience to God is a sin.
When in doubt, read God's Word for clarity on where God stands in His expectations of your choices, behavior or attitude.
Know God's Word with certainty and apply His Way to your life by your faith. If you are guessing, then your are uncertain. If you are not full of peace, hope and joy, then search God's Word for His message to you and find your way.
The Word of God keeps our faith Holy and Righteous in God's eyes and that's important! The Bible is the living word and it has the power to divide all things to see with clarity and understanding.
From experience, when I oppose God's Word, I know it! God's presence is Holy and good; full of peace and joy ~ the kind of existence that transcends all understanding. I seek to remain close to God because it is where I want to be and worth giving up my stubborn and selfish pride to achieve.
"...everything that does not come from faith is sin."
If in doubt ask God!
God names out sin and if you need help finding these things in the Bible, I can help, but today, what I am saying is that if it is not pure in nature; if you have a strong need to avoid answers you don't want to hear, then it is a sin, because God's Wisdom does not leave us double minded about wanting to change.
God gives us guidence in the Bible of what sin is. Look at the ten commandments: They all have similar qualities...if our conduct hurts another, it is a sin; if our conduct does not come from love, it is a sin and also...if our conduct does not come from faith it is a sin. Also...there can be legitimate differences of opinion between Christians as to certain specific conduct...as to what is a sin. In this case:
Romans 14:22 "So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God" In other words, vs 21 "It is better not to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall." In other words, listen to God in all things...and when in doubt, ask God what is pleasing to HIM and follow HIS peace.
It comes down to understanding that sin is disobeying God. So if you are seeking the truth and have peace from God, then you are following faith. But if you are afraid of learning the truth, that God may want you to give up something or change, then you are denying the truth with a lack of knowledge. God doesn't ask us to do anything harmful to ourselves, but only what is good and good for us. The truth that sets us free is only of a value to us if we will apply the truth (the Word) with our faith to listen and obey.
The opposite of faith is doubt (with a lack of knowledge) refusing truth and rejecting change [faith and change are God's will for our life] ... to become more like Jesus.
By faith I can hold the hand of God; In doubt I am walking in sin...
"...and everything that does not come from faith is sin."
We are to find out what is good and pleasing to God and act according to faith.
Is Anger A Sin? Anger is not a sin; anger is a natural human emotion when we believe strongly about a subject. The Bible say in your anger, do not sin. Jesus convicts, but does not condemn.
"In your anger do not sin" "Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
The study notes illuminate:
"Christians do not lose their emotions at conversion, but their emotions should be purified. Some anger is sinful, some is not. No anger is to outlast the day."
"Personal sin is usually due to our evil desires rather than to direct tempting by the devil. however, Satan can use our emotions - especially those, like anger, that are against others to bring about greater evil, to get us to sin and to cause such as divisions among Christians."
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice."
"Be kind and compasssionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
The study notes illuminate:
5:1 "Be imitators. One way of imitating God is to have a forgiving spirit. The way we imitate our Lord is to act "just as" he did. The sacrificial way Jesus expressed his love for us is not only the means of salvation but also an example of the way we are to live for the sake of others."
5:4 "By being grateful for all that God has given us, we can displace evil thoughts and words."
What do we learn from this?
- Only I have to receive forgiveness for me to go to Heaven.
- Only you have to receive forgiveness for you to go to Heaven.
- I have to forgive everyone.
- You have to forgive everyone.
GOD MADE FORGIVENESS POSSIBLE
GOD TELLS US TO FORGIVE
FORGIVENESS SETS ME FREE
FORGIVENESS WILL SET YOU FREE!
Forgiveness pleases God > and is for me not the other person...Forgiveness makes God happy because forgiveness brings us close to God!
Thank God...And Forgiveness is for you too! Praise God!!!
"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you in order to bring praise to God."
Study notes Romans 12:3
"Since the power of forgiveness comes from God there can be no basis for a superior attitude of self-righteousness."
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you."
When God is for us...What man can be against us??? "Do not be foolish in your thinking..."
"If is to possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."
"Do not be overcome by evil, but over come evil with good."
Read the Word of God to gain better understanding.
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