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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Favorite Sin (John 28)

Have you ever noticed we all have favorite sins. We have favorite sins to hate and we have favorite sins to ignore. The favorite sins to hate are those which other people struggle with. The favorite sins to ignore are those we have or do struggle with.

Yet God's Word says:

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Absolutely every one of us has certain sins we are drawn to. We each have our own unique fingerprint of sins. Some of the sins we are drawn to are the same as the person next to us. Some of the sins we are drawn to are different than the person next to us.

But any one sin on any of our sin fingerprints separates us from God and puts us in the bucket of deserving death.

Yet we have a tendency to think our sins are no big deal but other peoples' sins are worthy of death.

For example: The Jewish leaders after plotting to kill Jesus for raising Lazarus from the dead, giving sight to the blind, casting out demons, and claiming to be God wanted to make sure they didn't step foot into the Gentile palace so that they were not ceremonial unclean and could observe the Passover celebration of God.

John 18:28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.

Think about the irony of that. They were convening a kangaroo court using false accusations to sentence Jesus, who is God, to death. But they were careful not to step foot in a Gentile premises so they would remain "clean" and could observe the Passover.

They were killing God but wanted to be guilt-free before God. Wow!

Yet we do the same thing. We sit content with our sin, which we see as no big deal, while we point fingers at other people because of their sin which is different from ours. But pointing fingers is never going to draw anyone to Jesus.

We need to love people to Jesus and share the joy we have in Jesus with others. Then as we are locking arms, following Jesus together, examining His Word together, we can strengthen each other to overcome the sins we struggle to see in ourselves.

Lord, I am no better than the Jewish leaders who put Jesus on trial but tried to remain ceremonially clean. I can easily dismiss the spec in my own eye while pointing out the log in my brother's eye. Lord, please help me show your love to people whether they sin like I do or differently than I do. Please let my love draw them to You so that they can repent and trust in You and experience your forgiveness, grace, and love. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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