Stop Minimizing Sin

Anselm said in Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man) what is true of too many: “You have not as yet estimated the great burden of sin.”

An old Puritan prayer says “Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of the sin committed as in the Person sinned against.”

David confessed in Psalm 51:4, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” (ESV)

What makes sin so sinful? Why shouldn’t you or I minimize it? Because it is “against God.” It is rebellion against the King of the universe. Here are six other reasons from Matthew Henry in “A Way to Pray” that show us sin’s cancerous nature and why we shouldn’t play games with it:

  1. Consider the sinfulness of sin: Meditate on Romans 7:13; 1 John 3:4; Luke 19:14; Exod. 5:2; Num. 15:30; Neh. 9:26
  2. Recognize the foolishness of sin: Meditate on Psalm 69:5; Titus 3:3; 1 Tim. 6:9; Prov. 22:15; Job 11:12; 2 Sam. 24:10; Ps. 73:22
  3. Admit the unprofitableness of sin: Meditate on Matthew 16:26; Job 33:27; Romans 6:21
  4. Beware the deceitfulness of sin: Meditate on Obadiah 3; Romans 7:11; Hebrews 3:13; James 1:14
  5. Recognize the offence sin has committed against a Holy God: Meditate on Romans 2:23; Isaiah 1:4; Hosea 12:14; 2 Samuel 11:27; Ezekiel 6:9; Psalm 95:9,10; Isaiah 63:10; Ephesians 4:30
  6. Become fully aware of the damage sin has done to your own soul: Meditate on Isaiah 50:1; Proverbs 8:36; Isaiah 59:2; Titus 1:15; Jeremiah 2:19; Romans 1:24, 26, 28; Proverbs 14:9

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