“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”NIV, Romans 3:23
Watching the Six Nations Rugby is a reminder of how the world no longer takes ‘sin’ as seriously as in the past. In that sport, a failure to follow the rules can result in a player being sent to the ‘Sin Bin’ for ten minutes. One commentator for the Italy versus England game (Saturday 03.02.24, 14:15 kick-off) referred to the players being thus disciplined as being “sat on the naughty step”, a punishment traditionally seen as a ‘soft’ option.
According to the Bible, sin (as in the breaking of any of God’s rules) results in much more serious punishment. The pass standard is perfection in life and everyone, Christian or not, has failed to keep this standard and deserves to be eternally in the ‘Sin Bin’ of Hell. Ten minutes sat on the side-lines reflecting will do nothing to change that fate and make us right with God!
However, Christians believe that God’s ultimate desire is not for everyone to be punished but to be freed from sin. The end to the sentence quoted at the start of this Sunday Thought is thus:
“… and all are justified freely by his [God’s] grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”NIV, Romans 3:24
Sin needs to be taken seriously but there is a great message of reassurance that, through trusting Jesus, God promises “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (NIV, Hebrews 8:12).
Prayer Points for the Week:
- Pray for the victims of the Clapham corrosive substance attack and for the police hunting the perpetrator.
- Pray for the families who have lost loved ones and homes to Chile’s currently burning wildfires.
- Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.