16th Jan, 2010

Sin and Separation?

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

So, does sin separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord?

What is sin?

What does sin do?

I can’t say I have all the answers, but here are my thoughts. Yes, the Greek does give us the picture of sin as missing the mark. But what is the mark? What is it we’ve missed when sin enters the picture?

Sin, in my opinion, is simply choosing to believe a lie rather than believing the Truth. When we agree with the prince of liars (Satan) about what is real rather than agreeing with the Way, the Truth, and the Life about what is real, we sin.

God keeps loving us, however. Nothing can separate us from His love.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8

God’s love is Truth. It is constant. God is love. God never changes. And God never fails. But we do. We have the ability to choose to believe His love or not. It is in that failure that we separate ourselves from God. Adam and Eve illustrate it well in the garden; they heard God coming and HID. All of life is about whether we will hide from God or rest in His love.

May I rest in His love today and forever.

Responses

Bryan, that was awesome.
.-= Jonathan Brink´s last blog ..A Fearless Belonging =-.

Thanks, Jonathan. The post some how spilled from my mouth yesterday with a group of 5th and 6th graders to whom I teach bible in a home school cooperative. Our week’s theme was Jesus, our Loving Servant. After I said it I thought it blogworthy.

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