Every week, I choose a new word to meditate on to learn more about what God is trying to teach me as a mentor, a mom of adult children, a friend, a wife, and a woman who tries to lead with her faith forward. I share what I learn here to inspire you with hope, humor and heart. Click here to see the Facebook Live video of this Word Of the Week.
The Word of the Week is SIN – because Easter is coming and I want you to have the opportunity to celebrate it, free from sin.
Webster defines SIN as:
an offense against religious or moral law, or an action that is felt to be highly reprehensible: “It’s a sin to waste food.”
In our culture, we may say “She is ugly as home-made sin!” Or we hear about the Seven Deadly Sins: gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, lust, envy and pride. I read a great, quick article titled The Seven Deadly Sins in the Digital Age. It is hilarious and thought-provoking!
- Sin is anything that separates you from God.
- Celebrate Recovery says sin can be a hurt, hang-up or habit that you just can’t shake. These things are no joke. They will not just play havoc with your life, they will take over your life. They will destroy your relationships –even kill you.
Five Things You Should Know About Sin
- Sin is the most fun you are going to have, until it stops being fun. The first euphoria of sin, drives us to sin more and more to get the same feeling as when we first tried whatever our chosen sin is: a chemical, a juicy bit of gossip, cheating, stealing, whatever. There is just never enough sin. Lots of people are so afraid to give up the fun they have, until they realize that they are powerless over what they thought was fun. Eventually the fun, and the sin, consumes them.
- We think we can sin all by ourselves. Nope! Your sin affects every one around you. It will own you and separate you from the ones you love, as well as God.
- We can have corrupt companions and sin alongside them. We encourage each other to participate in bad behavior. We justify or affirm activities that, though they may be fun today,will eventually have life altering consequences.We apply peer pressure to get convince someone to do something dishonest for us. This is how bribery, mob mentality and gangs gain momentum.
- We can be victims of other people’s sin. It was picture day in the 4th grade and I wore my favorite tangerine linen dress (always a classics girl!). I got on the bus feeling like a million bucks! My neighbor got on at the next stop. She sat down next to me dressed up like a fashion idol, and said: “it’s picture day today. Couldn’t you have worn a nicer dress?” I was Crushed by another little girl’s sin of pride.
- We can pay for the sins that were committed up to four generations ago. We are totally defenseless…For example: Your great-grandmother’s family went broke in the Depression, and then lived the rest of her life fearing not having “enough.” She trains your grandmother to be cautious, who trained your mom to be careful. By the time you come along, there is so much angst about money and things you can hardly breathe. It’s very subliminal, but the sin isn’t not having enough or having too much. It’s not trusting that God will meet needs.
What if you are dealing with generational sins like rape, incest, bigotry, or murder. How about anger or profanity? Gluttony? Slavery? Sin doesn’t affect just one person. It affects the families of victims for generations.
A Scripture for the Word Of the Week – SIN:
“…. you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.”
Sin is big, but Jesus is bigger. Sin is the reason Jesus came, lived, died and rose again, so we could have freedom from it. So, claim your freedom now! BEFORE EASTER, so you can have the fun of celebrating freely.
If you felt a twinge of recognition when I mentioned the different kinds of sin, there is a remedy. There is freedom!
- First, you confess it. To God and one other person. If you don’t have a person, private message me and let me know what you recognize.
- Then ask for forgiveness from God.
- If your sin affected another person, you may ask them to forgive you too–as long as it won’t further hurt them.
- If you recognize a sin that might be generational, just say “No more! I’m released in Jesus’ name.”
- Then ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart where the hurt used to be. In Jesus’ name…AMEN.
The process is as simple as it is powerful.
Remember, … Whether you know it or not, we are all mentoring. We are all being mentored by someone. Use this word SIN to be the free-est, best, most intentional mentor you can be!