Weekly devotional

A little sin is a terrible thing. Jesus said, “everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin,” (John 8:34), and the Bible makes clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Although sin is a malady that is common to every one of us, it is an unfortunate truth that our sin has personal and eternally devastating consequences for us: “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

Even those who are committed followers of Jesus Christ are sinfully prone to neglect their relationship with Him. As God speaks to us through His Word, we may try to curb our obedience to fit our own schedules or desires. We can become lazy in the exercise of our spiritual disciplines (e.g., Bible study, prayer, worship). Or perhaps we hide the scars of past sin while we nurse grudges and hurt feelings rather than dealing with them scripturally.

Thankfully, God loves each one of us and offers us His grace as a remedy to our sin problem. Ephesians 2:4-9 (HCSB) tells us, “4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!... 8For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9not from works, so that no one can boast.”

“Grace,” as T.W. Hunt once observed, “is the factor in God that overrules the necessity that His holiness destroy us.” In the words of Robert Robinson’s hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing:

“O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;

Seal it for Thy courts above.”

Let us be faithful to acknowledge the presence of sin in our lives, confess it to God, repent of it and turn back to the Lord as a people who are consecrated to His purposes. After all, He calls us to "be holy" (1 Peter 1:15-16); and "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).