This has been a week where I’ve really been studying the Bible about sin. It’s been a topic in the Bible studies I’m working on. We talked about it at church on Sunday. It’s something that touches us in some way or another and it made me think about how sin is viewed by God.
We see in Genesis, Noah found favor with God and as a result, he was told to build an ark. Eight people were allowed on that boat—Noah and his wife along with his three sons and their wives.
God had seen that the earth had become a cesspool. It says in Genesis 6:5 “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” God chose to save Noah and his family and start again. Not a single other living soul was on that ark when God shut the door. I can imagine the fear as people who had most likely never seen rain before, saw water gushing down on them and even from below come gushing up (Genesis 7).
While we will never see God do something like this event again, we do know that God feels exactly the same about sin now as He did then…
Sin will get no sympathy from God.
When the time had come for the door to be closed, He shut it. And when the water started pouring from every direction, He didn’t open it back up for the people who banged on the door begging to be let in. I know it appears harsh, but sin and wickedness has its consequences. God is a just God and reclaimed the world to be renewed.
Today, we see God’s attitude for sin hasn’t changed. He has no sympathy for it because there is no place for sin in His kingdom. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. He doesn’t ignore it. He doesn’t let it slide. He doesn’t excuse it. Sin gets you death.
BUT, He does offer us forgiveness when we come to Him. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
He’ll forgive that stain of sin and wipe it clean, bringing us back to right relationship with God. While He has no sympathy for sin, He graciously has a heart of forgiveness for His children!
As we go through our week, let’s be reminded that sin is sin and there is no room for it as a child of God. When we do, let’s be quick to confess!