Does God Excuse Sin?

    Society has tried to make this into a very complicated question, but the answer is simply, "No, God does not excuse sin!" He is, however, willing to forgive sin if we go to him with a repentant heart, but, as humans, we tend to come up with all kinds of excuses for not serving God and even more excuses for not obeying him. We can't claim to love Jesus and consistently make choices that serve ourselves instead of honoring him.
    Excuses keep us from living in the freedom and fullness of Christ. They keep us bound to the very sin that Jesus died to free us from, and they keep us from becoming who he created us to be. Our excuses have an eternal impact on us as well as others. We become stumbling blocks for the lost and the new believers. Instead of evangelizing through holiness and love, we may unintentionally lead others away from the Lord instead to towards Him.
   If we want to take our Christian life seriously, we need to address the sin and excuses we make for it. We all sin. Some of us by accident and others more by intentional choice. Some of us recognize our wrongdoing and repent while others choose to stay in it by making excuses. Sin is sin. If we love God like we say we do, we need to start ridding ourselves of the excuses that keep us trapped in sin.
    But how? Not sure where to start?

6 excuses we need to stop using to excuse the sin we may be in:

1. "I'm just being myself."
   God NEVER intended for us to be defined by sin. He has made us new. When we choose to sin, we are mirroring Adam and Eve's choice to align themselves with behavior that contradicts our identity in Christ.
2. Cheap Grace
   God's grace is a beautiful gift! We have the opportunity to live forever with Him. What love! Unfortunately, this beautiful gift may be misconstrued and taken to mean, "I can do what I want, even if I know it's wrong because God will just forgive me." God's grace is not permission to sin. Instead, it covers our imperfections when we fall short.
3. Sin is Entertaining
   When it comes to entertainment, sin is everywhere—in the movies, music, recreation, online. This often becomes a temptation issue. If that's the case, there is a remedy! "No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor 10:13).
4. "Everybody else is doing it."
   We are NOT everyone else. We are children of God, and that truth alone drastically changes EVERYTHING. When we conform to the ways of the world, we are agreeing with their standards, attitudes, and practices; most of which are in opposition to God.
5. It hasn't hurt me yet.
   We may not feel the hurt now, but living in intentional sin is hurting us. The more sin we allow into our lives, the more distance we put between ourselves and God—and that hurts.
6. "It's my right."
   Sure it is, but do we take God seriously? Do we love what He loves and hate what He hates? God speaks very strongly about being lukewarm and is pretty upfront about protecting His kingdom from that behavior (Revelation3:15-16).



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