The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden for ever. 1 Timothy 5:24-25 (NIV)
How you live your life will have an impact on those around you – for good or bad. Society may tell us that we can do whatever we want just as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else, but the Bible tells us otherwise.
People don’t like to hear about sin and particularly don’t like to be told they are sinners in need of salvation. I have heard it said that in some churches congregations complain if the preacher talks about sin. Of course there are sins that are obvious to us and the verses above from 1 Timothy 5 tell us that there are many less obvious sins (less obvious to us that is, not to God). Being less obvious doesn’t mean that God classifies sin on a scale from serious to minor. We have to understand how God sees sin. In Romans 3:23 we read:
‘… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God …’
Knowing this, why do we still have a tendency to think that our sins are not quite as bad as some other people’s? It might be because we think that the less obvious sins are somehow less significant and important. How wrong this is. Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned. Now if all have sinned, you are every bit as much a sinner as someone whose sins are more obvious than yours.
So beware the human tendency to see certain sins as less important. They may be less obvious to us, but only because we can only see the outward appearance. As God sees into the heart, all sin is obvious to him.
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