What does God say about sin? Specifically about sexual sin? The Bible has tons and tons to teach us about God, His plan, His thoughts, and His creations. Today let’s explore what it has to say about God and sin.
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I know I’m a little late to the party, but recently I started
watching binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. I like the characters, the developments, the relationships, the drama and the medicine. Currently, I’m in Season 8 and last night I watched the episode where Dr. Kepner and Dr. Avery sleep together.
With sex being commonplace in these types of dramas, this normally wouldn’t lead me to write a post but in this case, Dr. April Kepner was a virgin and apparently a believer. This calls for some thought and discussion about God and sin and what He thinks about sex and sin don’t you think?
So let me set the stage. All the residents know that April is a virgin at age 27, no one knows why and no one seems to care. In last night’s episode, April loses her virginity to Dr. Avery. Afterward, April is very upset and believes that Jesus is mad at her.
Let’s just stop here.
For the purpose of this post, I’m going to assume that April is a believer, a Christian. She has remained pure because she believes that she called to wait for marriage and in a moment of weakness she gave into temptation and sinned. Can anyone relate to that? Anyone?
She is human.
Yes, it’s a biggie. Yes, she can’t take it back.
No, Jesus is not mad at her.
Jesus doesn’t get mad – he forgives.
As Christians, we are called to be like Jesus. To pursue a life without sin. To make choices that Jesus loves. To live a life as close to Jesus’ as possible. And yet, we will never be exactly like Jesus because he was fully man and fully God all at the same time.
“For this reason, he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”
What about God and sin?
Humans sin. We can’t help it. As much as we try to be like Jesus, we make mistakes. We make bad choices. April made a bad choice. But it’s not the end for her. Her mistake doesn’t define her. She can repent and be forgiven for her sin. That’s the whole point! Our sin doesn’t define us. Our faith does.
Ephesians 1:7 (The Message)
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!
What great news this is for April, and for all of us 🙂
I think sometimes, we believe that our sin is too great for Jesus. We begin to look at our sins on some sort of sin scale where one type of sin is worse than another. For example, if I lie then that ranks as a 2 on the sin scale. If I steal, that’s a 6. If I commit adultery, that’s a big fat 15 on our scale of 1 to 10. That one is unforgivable. But it’s not unforgivable. YOUR SIN IS NOT UNFORGIVABLE!
God loves you where you are at, sin and all. He wants you to repent, to confess, to realize that you have made a mistake. He wants you to turn to Him. He wants to forgive you.
God does not rank our sins. He just wants us to figure out what our sins are and turn from them. To leave them behind. To try again.
“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”
So we try. We confess we feel bad, we lean on Jesus. We pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and say, “I’m going to let this go. I’m forgiven. I’m going to keep my eyes on Jesus and not do that again.”
And then we make the same bad choice again, and again, and again. Just like April.
Because it’s fun, or it feels good, or we just want to, or whatever. We keep on choosing to sin against God. We are Eve, in the garden, over and over and over again.
Romans 7:15-20 (The Message)
What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.
So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But I need something more!
For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help!
I realize that I don’t have what it takes.
I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.
My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions.
Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
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We try again. We confess again. He forgives us again. And then we prepare for battle. We make a plan. We begin to put on the “full armor of God”. We change our focus from what we want to what He wants both in our lives and thru our lives.
Romans 8:9-11 (The Message)
But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
I don’t know what is going to happen to Dr. April Kepner. (I haven’t seen the next episode yet.) I hope she turns back to Jesus but it is PrimeTime TV and that is very unlikely. And it really doesn’t matter. What matters is you and me. What we do with OUR lives and OUR sin.
Let’s do this! Let’s turn to Jesus. Let’s let him move into our hearts and lead us. Let’s make it impossible for our sinful nature to win. And if we make a mistake, if we sin against our Lord, let’s repent and try again. Because until Jesus returns we will not be perfect and we will not be free of sin. We are only human and Praise God, we can try again. 🙂