Monday, January 21, 2013

Only one sin.

Luke 22:61 (NKJV) And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.

When Jesus was arrested, the apostle Peter denied Him three times. This story has been preached from many pulpits, typically expressing God’s love for us, even when we do not honor Him. However, the story carries another powerful meaning.

Jesus said in John 16:9 (NLT), "The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me." There is only one sin that sends a man to hell—disbelief in Jesus. Jesus paid the price of sin for all who believe in Him. To deny Jesus is to accept the penalties of our own sins. Peter denied Jesus. The penalty for denying Jesus is hell. Hell was created for the devil. God created heaven for mankind. God gave His Son to save man from hell. Soon after, Peter declared Jesus as Lord three times (Jn. 21:15-17). Peter declared Jesus as Lord 45 times in the New Testament. We will see Peter in heaven.

I do not want to imply sin is okay. I do think we give it too much attention. The Bible says in 1 John 3:23, "And this is His [God's] commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another." I want to learn about love.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT), "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

The closer I get to God, the more I can affect the world around me. The best way to affect the world is to love the world. I have discovered that as I focus on love, God subtly takes care of my sinful behaviors. I want the love of God to flow so strong through me that sin is no longer an issue in my life.  Love is very powerful.

God gives His children a heart for those that do not know Him. I believe I will have a greater impact if my focus is love instead of sin. Of course, I do not want to overlook the one sin that can send a person to hell—denying Jesus.

Be blessed!

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