Virtually everyone professing to be a Christian
will agree that Jesus died for our sins. Indeed, Jesus died for the sins
of the whole world--every single one of them, no matter how "big" or "small"
we might deem them to be. "For
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to
bring you to
So why, then, do we often treat Jesus' supreme sacrifice so casually? Whether we realize it or not, each time we consciously and willingly choose to commit even a "small" sin, we trample underfoot Jesus and what He did for us.
Think about it. If a single unforgiven sin is bad enough to separate you from God and condemn you to an eternity in hell (and it is), then that sin was serious enough for Jesus to die for (and He did). And if you consciously and willingly commit that sin, then you are, in effect, ridiculing and minimizing Jesus and His sacrifice. Think of this the next time you are tempted to sin. Think of Jesus' sacrifice for you before you tell that "little white lie," accelerate your vehicle beyond the legal speed limit, say that hateful word to someone, etc. Jesus had to die in order to atone for every single sin you have committed or will commit.
While it's true that God is faithful to forgive
all our sins when we are repentant and have met His requirements for salvation
and it's also true that none of us are perfect enough to live completely
sinlessly, it is also just as true that God expects us to live as holy
lives as we possibly can. "Since
we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything
that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence
We ought to strive to always remember Jesus and His sacrifice, giving Him the top place of honor in our lives. If we truly place Him first, knowingly committing any sin will be repulsive to us, because we will remember how dearly it cost our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus died for every single sin.
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