The Real Problem
DON’T IGNORE THE REAL PROBLEM.
Sin and evil are real. And they are not something that is “out there.” They are in you and me. We each have the capacity for tremendous virtue and good, but we also have the capacity for sin and evil. These things are in us and we have to come to terms with them if we are going to live life to the fullest the way God wants us to.
So, what is sin? The Greek word for sin in the New Testament means “to miss the mark.” If you were shooting an arrow at a target, this means that you would not only miss the bull’s-eye, but you’d miss the whole target. Every sin, large or small, is in some measure a rejection of the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Sin is more than just bad behavior. It is the rejection or destruction of something good. You cannot reject or destroy something that is good without rejecting goodness itself. God is goodness, and so every sin is in some way a rejection of God. This is why the most devastating dimension of sin is separation from God. Sin breaks down our relationship with him, puts obstacles between us and him.
There are times when we feel that God is not with us. But in fact, the complete opposite is true. We are not with God. It isn’t that God has abandoned us, but rather that we have abandoned God.
Have you wanted to stop reading this section? We have a natural aversion to speaking of sin. It’s normal. We have a tendency to run from our sin and hide from our shame. But what we are running from is nowhere near as important as what we are running toward. Let us run toward Jesus.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 32 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
What are your three most frequent sins?
Spend time reflecting on today’s Focus question. Take an honest look at your life. When you can, find time to go to confession and seek reconciliation with God.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me and save me from my sins.