We Can’t Be Casual About Our Sin
"Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight." Psalm 51:4
Last week I talked about becoming too casual with God. Our reverence has been lost in culture, and sometimes we see Jesus as our "homeboy" instead of our reverent Savior who sacrificed His life for our sins. My conviction this week, however, is a little deeper. Hear my heart when I say this because I don't want what I'm about to say to seem legalistic…but are we becoming too casual with sin?
Society is changing. We live in a world that is connected. We are connected through social media, the internet, phones, television, and even through video games. While this may be a blessing, more exposure to the world can leave our hearts calloused and desensitized to our sinful nature.
We go on about our lives, sinning without even a hint of conviction. In what Jerry Bridges calls “respectable sins,” we cruise through life unhindered as we gossip, are unthankful, jealous, angry, proud, and judgmental. Sometimes we are aware of our sinfulness, and we turn to God and repent, but what is our motivation for our repentance? Is it the consequences that were had because of the sin, or are we weeping because we have sinned against our Holy Creator?
We will never be perfect, and that is the beauty of the Gospel—we don't have to be. However, we shouldn't take God's grace for granted. We have to remember our offenses are offensive to God, which is why we should continually repent.
We repent because bringing our sin to light brings brokenness, and when we turn to our Father, that brokenness is restored. I would encourage you to continue to ask God to help you see yourself in light of His word. Pray for conviction and that our motivations for repentance would be pure.
Father, I know I am a sinner. Forgive me when I fail You because when I sin, I sin against You. I also thank You for grace and mercy. Thank You that even though I am a sinner, You made a way for me to have eternal life and righteousness through Your Son. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Meditate on Psalm 51 this week. What are the areas that you are sinning against God? Spend some time in repentance and gratitude for what Jesus did on the cross this week.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.