There are so many hurting people, especially Christians, who are struggling with sin. I’m not talking about the junk that one may be dealing with, I’m talking about the stigma that others are putting on them because of the SIN they believe to be bigger than everybody else’s.
This subject is so close to my heart because for years I battled with accusations of how “my sin” was worse because it was visible.
Are some sins greater than others? In my own opinion, there are “greater” sins because of the consequences they bear. For instance, if you murder someone, the consequences could mean that you will serve prison time or even get the death penalty.
But what if you were to murder someone with your tongue? Does this mean it carries the same consequences? No, it doesn’t, however the words that you speak to someone can be devastating. However, speaking murder doesn’t carry out the same sentence as actual murder.
So if we are not careful, we can very easily point out "outer sin" to a person, while we may be struggling with "inner sin". Hidden sins are no less harmful than the ones in open view.
Sin that is “seen” is always going to be attacked or even talked about more, than sin that is unseen.
For example envy is a huge problem both inside and outside the church. When God brings promotion in someone’s life, we should be happy for them right? Yet “envy” is always right there to stir up the whispers of “why didn’t I get that promotion? don’t I serve as much as she does? Why did they pick her, she’s so full of herself? She’s not even following all the ways of the Lord like I AM”? I read more than she does, my woman's meetings flow with the spirit more, and I'm definitely more versed in the word.”
I could go on and on but I think we get the gist. Lets look at the most common used word when Envy comes… “I”
I can’t believe, I am better, I deserve it, I am more spiritual.
I heard it once said, that some people just know how to sin better than others. What this statement really means is sometimes people “cover up” their sin better than others. SIN or sin is still the same in God eyes. Jesus died for both the SINNERS and the sinners. HE came to proclaim freedom to the captives and open the prison doors to those who are bound.
So today, if you are struggling with forgiving yourself because you feel that your SIN is bigger than someone else’s, let me leave you with some hope.
Jesus paid the ultimate price for SIN/sin. He died for us while we were yet sinners. He didn’t ask God what sin He was dying for, he died for ALL of it, and He did it out in the OPEN for all to see. That shows me that He wasn’t hidden about it, He was intentional and showed EVERYONE that SIN was not the focus. It was love.
Chrissie Moore is a mother and grandmother from Keller Texas. She is a survivor of mental, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. She has a passion to help other women who are seeking freedom.