If you ask people what sin is,
you will probably get a list of things such as murder or rape, but you probably won’t see on the list many of the more common behavioral things such as lust, gluttony, or lying. Some people would put smoking on their list, and in response to that I would like to quote a somewhat popular expression that goes like this. “Smoking probably won’t send you to hell, it will just make you smell like it.” Most of us put the objectionable conduct of others on the sin list and omit the majority of our own objectionable conduct.
Sometimes our viewpoint of sin changes with our personal struggles in dealing with things. What we considered sin, during the enthusiastic and sometimes utopian years of youth, become areas where we still need work later in life. Whether or not we personally struggle with something cannot be and is not how we decide what is or isn’t sin.
Firstly we must recognize that we all sin.
1 John 1:8 ¶If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The solution for sin is the ongoing confession of it in our life, and the receiving and giving of God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus.
The problem of sin really only becomes terminal, when instead of confessing it and being forgiven of it, we deny and justify it. We all can easily justify our position with logic and state that the idea of sin is old fashioned and obsolete, but ultimately that decision isn’t ours to make. What is and isn’t sin is revealed to us by God through the scriptures and through our ongoing walk with Him through His Spirit.
The liberty of the christian experience comes through the daily renewal and purification that comes through surrendering our ideas to the will and purposes of God.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: