Last night during our Youth Group lesson - Joe talked on a great lesson - SIN! Now, you can take that as a very BROAD topic but the point he was getting to came from Romans 13:11-14 & how we are alseep to alot of the sins in our lives. Oh - its easy to point out the BIG SINS - murder, adultery, rape, abortions - things that WE consider to be big things! But then, we close our eyes to the small sins in our lives - the pride, jealousy, anger, greed, lust - things that we just get use to. But does God look at any of the sins differently? Or are they all just sin to him - something that seperates us from Him? So is one better or worse than the other?
I just saw a book out that I wanted to get & even would like to do it in a group Bible Study - but its called "Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate" & it touches on this exact thing. The discussion last night has really got me wanting to get this book now! But what was so neat - some of the kids brought up things that they are just getting "use" to - sins that they are struggling with - it was awesome to hear their thoughts! And it shows that there is no age limit on this problem too! We all have sin in our lives - our sin is not any worse or better than our neighbor or someone you may even see on TV. Look at it through God's eyes - we're all sinners in need of a Savior!
It also takes me to the point of judging someone for their sin - remember the Bible says in Matthew 7:1-2 "Do not judge, or you too wil lbe judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged & with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" - that alone makes me not want to think anyone else's sins are worse than mine!!!
I think God just wants to help us & for us to help each others through whatever struggles sin throws at us! How can we help each other if we're too busy pointing fingers?