Jesus re-defined the Ten Commandments, saying “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-40)
In effect, He also re-defined sin. We can now diagnose sin simply, like this: Sin is when we do not love God or one another.
And yet, despite this simplistic summary, we still like to think of sin with a pre-Jesus understanding. Even Martin Luther was guilty of this, affording too much time focusing on his specific sins. We like to create a list of “this sin” and “that sin” and like to ask ourselves “what sin is worse”. But doing this is sin, because it takes us away from the simple explanation given by Christ.
Even with sin now properly clarified, does it make sin acceptable or less powerful? No. So, how do we then find a hope and encouragement that is more powerful than sin.
The good news is that although we may be crippled by sin, we are captured by grace. While we want to diagnose, and point fingers at the problem, Jesus captures us and cures us.
We must respond, softening our hearts and humbling ourselves to accept to God’s grace.
The eternal truth is that the grace bestowed on us through Christ, our Savior and Lord, is far more amazing than any sin when we soften our hearts and live in that grace.
Perhaps we need to not think so much about “turning from sin”, but more about “turning towards grace”, because its grace that propels us forward and brings about the Eternal Kingdom.