Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How much does sin weigh?

This is going to take a couple of days to write, so please stay with me.  Recently I have been thinking about the cost of our sin(s) to others in real, measurable terms.  Can this be done?  Can we actually quantify our misdeeds?

I couple of scriptures come to mind on this topic:  
  • For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:30
  • The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. - Proverbs 10:16 
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
I have a background in science, so I like to measure things.  When we want to know the temperature, weight, length or height of an object, there are tools to measure it.  And the tools we have to measure things can be compared to a standard set aside in some government office for reference at any moment.  Our economy runs on that principle.  You would never purchase gas at the pump or buy a bunch of bananas without having some way to measure what you want.  That just wouldn't be fair.

In moral terms its not that easy.  I realize that when we sin, err, mess-up or hurt someone else God will forgive us, he has promised us that.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9  If only other people were that easy to forgive.  When we sin against someone else it hurts them, sometime deeply.  But how deeply, how bad?  How serious of a sin was it?  For example, is a kick in the shin equal to verbal insult?  We'll examine that in the days to come.  I'd love to hear your comments.

April 26 -

After considering this topic carefully, I decided to stop at this point at least for now.  The thought process behind it was, "How can we take away someone else's pain that they're going through because we hurt them?"  God will forgive us, that's without question.  People can forgive us to, or at least they can do their best and try.  The trouble is people we hurt causes sometimes unforgettable pain, and even though they say they forgive the other person, memories creep back and thus comes the pain again.

I guess all we can do is our best, and pray that the other person may be relieved of their pain or sorrow.  Most important perhaps is that we learn a lesson from this, love the other person and pray for strength not to sin again.

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