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How Bad Is Sin?

Anchor Devotional - 05.06.15


"I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin."
(PSALM 38:18)

Psalm 38

In this psalm David cries out to the Lord, lamenting the misery of his sin. Jonathan Edwards, in his famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, described sin as “the ruin and misery of the soul; it is destructive in its nature; and if God should leave it without restraint, there would need nothing else to make the soul
perfectly miserable.”

Sin ruins us. It destroys us and draws us away from the One who made us. The hidden offenses as well as the overt sins chip away at the beautiful creation God intended us to be. As ruinous as sin is to us, David had the right idea: confession, repentance, and looking to the Lord alone for mercy. Praise God that the One we offend is also the One quick to forgive our sins and heal our self-inflicted miseries.

The fact that sin is so awful on us mentally, physically, and spiritually is in itself a blessing. Those are the pains we need to humble us and make us look up to God. Jesus befriends us at our worst, and when He does, He makes us purer than we ever
thought possible.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 38

Insight

JESUS' OFFER STILL STANDS, TELLING US, "COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST"

(MATTHEW 11:28).

Read the Bible

  • 1 Samuel 11-12
  • Psalm 125
  • 2 Corinthians 4-5