Sin Is Sin

James 2:8-11 (NIV)
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Sin is sin.  We are all sinners.  Romans 3:23 tells us that everyone has sinned.  All sin has the same results.  Romans 6:23 tells us that the results of sin is death.  Sin separates us from God.  The Old Testament law points us to the fact that we are sinners who are incapable of keeping God’s commands.
Is all sin equal in God’s eyes?  We know that breaking the laws of our land do not result in equal punishments.  If one breaks the speed limit, the penalty is not the same as for someone who commits murder.  While both are violations of the law, the justice system of our country does not call for equal punishments.  We have different categories of lawbreaking.  Misdemeanors and felonies are not equal to one another.
James says that there is one category of sinner.  A sinner is a lawbreaker.  No matter how many of God’s commands you violate – murder, adultery or even showing favoritism are the examples James gives – your sin makes you a lawbreaker.  All sins have the same result – separation from God for eternity.  All sins require punishment.  The thing that separates the sinner from the saint is forgiveness through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  Those who have put their faith and trust in Christ have been forgiven from all of their sins and lawbreaking.  Those who have not received God’s grace through faith in Jesus are still dead in their sins and lawbreaking.  It really is that simple.
While we may put different weights on the kinds of sins people commit, God does not.  We would never equate murder with showing favoritism, but God does.  Why?  Because if He were to do that, we would try to justify ourselves before Him.  “Well, I’m not THAT bad!  It’s not like I ever KILLED anyone!”  All sin is sin.  It is all repugnant to God.  The good news of the Gospel is that He is willing to forgive it all by His glorious grace through faith in Christ.  Believe in Jesus, repent from your sinfulness, confess Christ as Savior and be baptized and your sins will be washed away.  Your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  No matter what you’ve done you can come to Jesus just as you are and He will welcome you into His family.
PRAYER:  Thank You, Jesus, for welcoming me into Your family.  I am grateful, O God, that You do not treat me as my sins deserve, but instead have forgiven me from all my transgressions.  Help me to not take Your grace for granted.  Help me to hear Your voice today and to obey You in all things.  Amen.

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