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"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
Romans 3:23

Have you ever sinned?  I know ... silly question.  However, if we are going to live lives that glorify God, it is important for us to understand the depths of this issue and how it applies to us.  Romans 5:12 says, "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death came to all men, because all sinned."  Every one of us not only has sinned, but is a sinner.  We battle with sin every day of our lives.

Psalm 14:3 says, "There is no one who does good, not even one" (cp. Ps. 14:1; 53:1, 3; Rom. 3:12).  Consider for a moment the words "does good".  To "do" refers to producing something completely on your own.  And the word "good" is in reference to that which is excellent in God's eyes.  Put them together and we see the Psalmist declaring that there is no one who is capable of producing that which is excellent in God's eyes completely on their own.  Left to ourselves we will sin.Am I Really a Sinner? Understanding Sin - Chapter 4 of Extreme Mind Makeover

Paul declares in Romans 3:23 that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  To know true victory in your life - to live a godly life that truly glorifies your Heavenly Father - you must begin with the acknowledgement that your tendency is to sin.

What is Sin?

If we are going to effectively pursue godliness, we must gain a proper understanding of sin.  To do that, let's focus our thoughts on four specific questions.  First, what is sin?  In 1 John 5:17 we read that "all wrongdoing is sin."  Think about that as I repeat it.  All wrongdoing is sin.  Ahhh, but there are many different standards today of what is right and what is wrong.  If all wrongdoing is sin, then we must ask, "Wrongdoing according to whom?"

In the grand scheme of things, it is more important to know what God says sin is than what you or I think sin is.  In the end, I will not stand before your judgment seat nor will you stand before mine.  2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us that "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."  There is a day coming when you and I will stand before God and answer for all our wrongdoings (as well as our right-doings).  What matters then is God's definition of right and wrong and our obedience to it.

In both the Hebrew and Greek languages (the languages in which the Bible was written), the word "sin" means a failure to hit the mark because of disobedience.  In 1 John 3:4 we read, "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" (KJV).  Focus your attention for a moment on that word "transgresseth."  A transgression is a breaking or violation of an established law.  It is doing the opposite of what is required.  In short, it is disobedience.

All sin is wrongdoing according to God because sin is breaking God's law, going against God's perfect standards and refusing to obey God's commands.  Simply put, when you violate the commands of Scripture, you are guilty of sin (Jas. 2:10).  God's Word is absolute truth (John 17:17).  Therefore, when you do anything against, or in opposition to, God's truth, you are transgressing His law and thus sinning.

It is important that we have an understanding of what God says sin is because that is going to help us understand what goes on in our minds ...

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