What is sin? It is something we all do so let us check out the Greek word for sin; the one translated from the manuscripts to the King James Bible:
Strong’s hamartano, ham-ar-tan'-o; perhaps from Greek 3313 (meros); properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), (figurative) to err, (moral) to sin :- for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.
The Greek word in the manuscripts describes sin as trespassing and [missing the mark] which represents missing heaven. Understand that God is pulling for us to (hit the mark) as He wants to share heaven with us.
Many choose to continue their sinful ways instead of exercising restraint in an attempt to avoid sin. This leads some to question:
(1) Do we understand what causes sin and what we can do to combat it?
(2) Is sin included our lives and if not is there anything can we do to prevent or minimize it?
We begin by recognizing the fact that Satan has great authority and his use of camouflage and sweet talk is coaxing us into his world of sin. The flesh is weak and our bible reminds us that it repented (sorrowed) the Lord to put us through this test on earth. Moses writes of this in Genesis 6:6 KJV as it reads:
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
A sinless life is not possible as Jesus is the only one who walked in the flesh without committing sin. God does expect two things from us:
(1) That we make an honest effort to refuse the temptation of Satan and
(2) We seek His Forgiveness when we fall short.
Do we recall how proud God was of Job when Job stood up to Satan? Job repented and he refused to give in to Satan’s authority.
Sin is easy to come by but so is repentance; the irony here is that sin is so costly while repentance is free. God wants us to know that while in the flesh, we are going to sin and this requires repentance. Sin that has not been repented for must be accounted for; Paul explains this accountability in 2 Cor. 5:10 KJV.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Our good works as well as our unrepented sin will accompany us to judgment day. God teaches us how to accumulate works as well as how to deal with sin.
Good works involve helping God’s children make something of their lives. We are His children too and if we are to help others,