Different Levels of Sin

In our minds, we have different layers of the bad things we do. A white lie or thinking something bad about someone we might consider minor to the point where it doesn’t even require an apology. The next step up is a small trespass and a flick on the head with evil intent. We may not even think that that needs forgiveness. And we keep building these stories of sin. Perhaps the worst sin you can think of is murdering multiple people and the very least of sins is an eye roll at a person of authority. This goes hand in hand with the idea that the good person whom you have only seen sin once has a better chance with God than the person who got arrested for drunk driving.

From a human perspective, it makes sense. If those twenty dollars you nipped weren’t missed, than it isn’t all that serious. But if you took another’s life, it affected fellow humans and is thought to be a graver sin.

This is not the case at all. According to Romans 3:23, ‘…all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ In our sin, we are all made equal. The serial killer is no better or worse than the little girl saying her friend is stupid. All transgressions make God sad and all who believe will be welcomed back with a party and sounds of great rejoicing.

The very same price was paid for everyone – Jesus’s blood. Even if only one single sin had been committed in the entire history of the world, he would die for it. If he had to die a thousand times in agony to pay for a single soul, he would. By degrading the sin, you degrade the price paid for it.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

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