Did you know there are different kinds of sin? They are differentiated by your attitude. This is probably something you haven’t known before, so listen up!
I’ll start with the worst, which is the unpardonable sin. This kind of sin literally ignores God and His ways and does what seems right to the one committing the sin. Ananias and Sapphira committed the unpardonable sin because they lied to the Holy Spirit about how much money they had versus how much money they gave. Scripture quotes Jesus as saying that sins can be forgiven except those against God the Holy Spirit. Those two knew better and schemed to hold some of their money back at a time when the brethren were sharing their assets so they could stay together as a community for as long as the Spirit led. They actually rebelled against God, for the Holy Spirit is God. God doesn’t want such schemers around with Him for eternity. In a way these two were hypocrites just like the Pharisees and Sadducees were, wanting to seem outwardly pious while living a lie. Remember John 13:35 and the surrounding verses, which illustrate what God wants from us all.
People can sin willfully or willingly. That’s when what they want matters more than how God wants us to live. Fornication and adultery are examples of this kind of sin. This sin, when repented, is forgivable.
People can also sin weakly. Addicts do this. It takes time sometimes to be freed from addiction, and people can give into the temptation of whatever they are addicted to. Those who are not addicted just don’t get that or understand why will power alone doesn’t break the chains of addiction. What they need to get is that only God’s power can set the addicts free. I am not advocating enabling an addicted person, but I am trying to help you be more understanding and compassionate as to what these people face. They need our support while they shift their reliance and dependence on an addictive substance onto God, who replaces negative and harmful behavior with positive, spiritual ones. Recovery is a process, and it can be lifelong. We can either be stumbling blocks or bridges to God for these hurting people.
May God grant you His love, wisdom and discernment so you can be His instrument in setting the sin captives free. Remember, Jesus said not one of us is without sin.
One more thing. God wants us to focus on love more than sin. Scripture does say that love covers a multitude of sins. Did you know you could be sinning at just the moment God takes you home to Him, and you can still be with Him for eternity? Praise our God Who looks on the heart, or the attitude and intent.
Be spiritually and physically safe and be blessed.
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