Most people (even non Christians) believe in some sort of after life. The largest majority believe in some sort of Heaven… being in connection with their deity. If you ask people what it takes to get to Heaven after this life… the most common answer will focus on the scale of good in their life. They acknowledge that there may be some bad (sin) in their life but the good still outweighs it. They sometimes look at their sin and see it as ‘less’ than other people’s sin. But the truth is, there is no sliding scale.
This inaccurate view of sin goes back throughout time. In fact, during Jesus’ ministry, this very thought is something He was combating. When certain religious Jews were looking down towards others and judging their sin as greater, Jesus says, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-5)
No sin is greater (or worse) than the next. All sin, regardless of the weight we assign to it, creates separation from God. This reality has two important truths. First, no sin is too small. The slightest infraction, the smallest sin we commit in our lives is enough to create a permanent separation from God. He is perfect and Holy and cannot be in commune with anyone with any sin of any type. This means the slightest sin, even thought of sin, is enough to make you unholy and therefore keep you from Him.
However, the second truth is just as important and is in fact the good news. Just as no sin is too small… no sin is too large. Christ’s death on the cross paid the price for every single sin, in every single person throughout time, who accepts Him as Lord and Savior. When Paul was addressing the people in Corinth, they had concern that there were sins that were just too great. Paul’s response was to point to his own personal challenge, begging Christ to take something away that seemed too great to him. Jesus’ response was “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (1 Cor 12:9a) His grace covers any and all sin.
So what does this mean to us today? It means His salvation is perfect. It covers the smallest of sins that’s enough to cause separation but it also covers the gravest of sins that has serious earthly consequences. His grace covers all. As you accept His grace to cover all of your transgressions… seek ways to extend that same level of grace to those who sin (big or small) against you.
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