Sin is a common theme in the Bible. That’s because sin is the fundamental problem you and I face every single day. And sin is the chief obstacle God is working to overcome through the good news of Jesus Christ.
We have kind of erased sin from our vocabulary in today’s culture. We don’t like the way it reflects badly on us. But if you are sick, ignoring your illness doesn’t lead to your health. It leads to your destruction.
We need to come to grips with our own sin so that we can be delivered from it.
And the Bible talks about two different ways you and I sin.
#1 Sins of Commission
Sins of commission are sinful acts that we commit. When we do something that God has forbidden–whether intentionally or not–we have committed a sin of commission.
The Bible is chalk full of examples of sins of commission. Adam and Eve in the Garden ate fruit from the forbidden tree. King David committed murder and adultery. The Apostle Peter denied knowing Jesus three different times.
Sins of commission are actions that we take that break God’s law. Often times these are intentional acts of rebellion. But sometimes they are unintentional. It’s possible to do wrong without intending to do so. Nevertheless, sins of commission are sinful acts that we commit.
These are different from sins of omission.
#2 Sins of Omission
We commit sins of omission when we fail to do what God expects us to do.
Sins of commission are intentionally doing wrong. But sins of omission are failing to do what is right.
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17, NLT)
A classic example of a sin of omission would be the parable Jesus tells about the good Samaritan. A man has been robbed, beaten and left for dead. And many people pass by, seeing his need, but fail to do anything about it.
That is a sin of omission. Knowing what is right, but failing to do it.
Pick Your Poison
We have all intentionally sinned. And we have all failed to do the right thing. So, we’re all guilty of both sins of commission and sins of omission.
But if we take an honest look at our own lives, we’ll notice that we tend to lean one way or the other. Some of us are in the habit of doing what we shouldn’t do. And others of us are in the habit of not doing what we should do.
Sins of commission. Sins of omission.
But sin is sin.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23, NLT)
Whether our sin is obvious to ourselves and everyone else, or whether our sin is hidden and difficult to discern, the bottom line is we’re all sinners.
And we can’t ignore our sin or dismiss our sin. We must deal with our sin.
Good News For Sinners
The good news is this: Jesus came to live the life you couldn’t live and to die the death you deserved to die so that through Him you could find forgiveness of your sins and new life.
The gospel says that God dealt with our sins in Christ on the cross.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT)
Now our responsibility is to confess.
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9, NLT)
Whether your sin is obvious to everyone or whether you’re oblivious to your own sin, we’re all sinners. And we’ve all fallen short of God’s expectations. And we all need forgiveness.
Thank God for Jesus.