The Pain of Sin

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Recently I had to purchase a new pair of shoes. It wasn’t because the shoes that I was wearing had worn out, but because they were causing my ankle to roll to the side. Once I figured out that it was my shoes that were causing me a great deal of pain in my ankle, and were causing me to limp a little bit, I realized that the sooner that I bought new shoes, the better. I needed to find a way to eliminate the pain I was experiencing.

Sin causes us pain. It could be the sins that people commit against us, it could be the sins that we commit against other people, it could be the collective sin corrupted world, or it could be all the sins that we commit against God. Solving this pain problem is not as easy as just buying a new pair of shoes. We can try to eliminate sin from our own lives, but we can’t eliminate it completely on our own, and we certainly can’t eliminate it from the world around us. So what is the solution?

In John 1:29, John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Jesus came for the purpose of taking sins away. Whenever we hold on to sin in the form of anger, bitterness, and hatred toward those who have wronged us, or holding on to our own sins in the form of disbelief that Jesus can and does truly forgive us, we are trying to undo Jesus’ work to take sin away. Jesus suffered all the pain that sin causes when He died on the cross for us. He wants to take all the pain of sin away. So the question is: Will we let Him?

Jesus is inviting all of us to bring our pain caused by sin to the foot of the cross, and leave it there, entrusting Jesus to take it away. His grace takes our sin away without cost, and so He calls on us to show the same grace by giving it all over to Him, letting go of our anger, bitterness, grief, shame, guilt, and resentment, allowing Him to heal our minds, our hearts and our souls completely, allowing Him to make us new.

As we begin this new year, remember that Jesus makes all things new. Trust in Him to renew you, covering you with His abundant grace, so that you will have the grace to show to others in the form of forgiveness and reconciliation. Let Him make all things new for you!

In Jesus’ love and grace,

Pastor Paul Pett
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