Rethinking the Conundrum of Sin

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17) [ESV]

What Is Sin?

Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God and rebellion against God: “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4) [ESV]

• It’s the opposite of God and good.

“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” (Psalm 111:7) [ESV]

• It’s the opposite of love.

“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) [ESV]

• It’s always selfish.

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” (James 3:16) [ESV]

• It’s always unbelief in who God is.

“(The Holy Spirit will show) that the world’s sin is unbelief in me.” (John 16:9) [LB]


Anytime I am . . .I show my unbelief in . . .
Fearful or AnxiousGod’s promises
ImpatientGod’s perfect timing
Resentful or BitterGod’s wisdom
Carrying GuiltGod’s forgiveness
Feeling InadequateGod’s power