Habitual Sin

There may be a tendency for some to see good works as evidence of what lies in our own hearts, or use good works to judge the hearts of others. Our tendency can also be to present these outward works as proof of salvation.  However, behavior is not the determinate of belief.

 

The only one qualified to know objective truth about the condition of our hearts, or the hearts of others, is God Himself.  Since we cannot use good works to be the standard to judge salvation, we likewise cannot use habitual sin as the rule to measure the redemptive state of another person.

 

We all have struggled with some form of habitual sin in our lives. This does not always translate into “acting out” sexually, but habitual sin exists as a condition of the heart. The forms of sin are as varied as hatred, lust, or envy–and they all carry the same consequence. The Bible says that “everything that is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).  Any act or attitude which is owing to a lack of trust in God is sin, no matter how moral it may appear to men.  For example, we can habitually sin by omission—by not doing what God ask us to do—as can be seen when we fail to love others as ourselves.  This failure to love others as ourselves is something that many may habitually fail to do.

 

Those who habitually struggle with homosexuality or any other sexual sin are wrongfully and frequently judged.  Although behavior involving sexual sin is a choice, those who judge may not understand the factors that contribute to those choices.  Those who judge may also see the pace of repentance as an indicator of the struggler’s inner contrition.

 

Our focus as a ministry is not to discern salvation by behavior but to encourage people to trust in The One who can change their life.  Our worth to God is not defined by our good works or diminished by the amount of sin that we struggle with.  Our worth to God is defined by the love He has for us.

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