ARE YOU COMFORTABLE
WITH YOUR SIN?
Kathy Bernard - Publisher
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us
while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
Today, we seem to have forgotten what God has mandated for us. We have turned our faces from Him in an effort to
be free to follow our own dogmas, allowing the pace of modern life to dictate rules and
tenets of social and private behavior.
Something is drastically changing and causing many faithful, Catholic Christians to
take an unbelieving look at what people are doing. With
time, the unfamiliar becomes familiar and it is
then that acceptance of modern behavior becomes commonplace for those who are blinded to
Gods rules. From the sidelines, the
faithful are appalled as they watch current trends and faulty logic overtake the
wisdom of what is right and what is wrong; twisting it to fit into the present
And some people have succumbed and even
joined the masses in justifying the new codes of behavior. Salvation is ignored, modified, cast away or laid to the side of our consciences as actions forbidden by God gain approval. Our own self taught wisdom, desires, and needs of this earthly world
decree that Free Will, a gift freely
given by God, be enhanced or revised to include our new
way of thinking. Free Will" then can become me, what I
want, and what I need heading the line of sin.
Why then did God give Free Will to us?
Because He wanted us to freely choose Him and to love and know Him as our Heavenly Father. Once we accept
and say Yes to the salvation offered
through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that acceptance comes with the mantle of Christian attitudes and beliefs, transforming and strengthening us in faith,
trust, and obedience.
Today we continue to re-write many of the God given standards we do not like,
permitting ourselves to commit acts that we know full
well are wrong in the eyes of the Lord. Why? Because we fail to let God guide us in all things,
instead choosing to live according to the current dictates
of the world. We angle our thinking to include the forbidden, fancying them up with creative and acceptable
names. It is not Thy Will be done as
it is in Heaven but becomes "my will as
it is done for ME.
Keep in mind that
our time here on earth is short. We are stamped with a limited and
earthly expiration date.
See James 4:14 that reads: "How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?
Your life is like the morning fog...its here a little while, then its
gone." Why then, do we gamble on the uncertain
longevity of time to love and obey the
When it comes down to moral surety and
conviction, the only rights we have, as Gods creation, is GODS certitude, His
commandments, and His rulings. Sometimes, in the heat of self and what
we think we need or deserve to have, and what we think is best for us, we lose sight of how He wants
us to live to insure eternal life.
The bible is our handbook of truth. When
God tells us NOT to do something, and we do it anyway, then we must pay the price set
aside for those of us who sin. There are NO
angles and NO loopholes. None. God hates sin and WILL NOT allow it to be brought
into His perfect paradise. It cannot be
glossed over, explained away, or blamed on our current and modern day society or
current trends. It
is not someone elses fault that we stain ourselves with Satans sins through our own choice. The it's all good theory is not acceptable
to God. If we repeatedly disobey Him without
conscience or rectification, then we make
the decision to put back Jesus gift of salvation at the foot of
the cross and continue on our way. And unless
we get forgiveness from God and amend our actions,
we will not enter into God's sinless heaven. There is no place for unrepentant sinners
in God's paradise.
IF we choose to halt Gods anger, we
must repent of our sins and ask God to forgive us and truly
mean it. "If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteous."
1 John 1:9. God not only forgives our sins when we repent, He erases our sin from
His memory. Psalms 103:12 tells us "He has removed our sins
as far from us as the east is from the west."
Be forgiving of others. Abstain from lying, cheating or sexual
immorality. Refrain from thievery and dishonesty. Emulate the gentleness and
love that Jesus shows to us. If we have indulged
ourselves in sex sin, taking the life of unborn babies, or pursued any avenue that
God forbids, we MUST reconcile ourselves with God, the Church and all its members by going
to confession. God WILL FORGIVE
any sin. But we must ask for this special gift and promise to never indulge in that
sin again. Galatians 5:19-21 clearly states Now the works of the flesh are
manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,
sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wrath, factions, divisions, parties (wild and uncontrollable), envyings, drunkenness, reveling, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn
you, that they who practice
such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Sometimes we fail to use the
God given strength and courage He gives us to avoid the ravages of sin. We forget
for a time that sin is a thief who steals our faith if we allow it
entry. It can also steal our salvation if we let it fester within us.
But God is a God of
mercy and He has provided an antidote to all who are enslaved by sin; He gave us Jesus Christ. We can choose to accept
Him and His teachings or we can turn away
and continue in our quest for
None of us is without sin. We all
fall short of the glory of God. But it really does not matter how rebellious we are toward God, He stands
waiting to forgive us. He proved His love once and for all at the Cross, when
He gave up His Only Son
to be crucified and to shed His blood for us. Through His loving grace, He gives each of us a chance to overcome our sinful nature so we can live Christian lives.
Jesus tells us in John 15:9 "I have loved you even as My Father has
loved Me. Remain in My love".
Jesus Christ is our most High Priest. "So then, since we have a great High Priest Who has entered heaven
(Jesus the Son of God), let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of
ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did
not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we
will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."-Hebrews
It is time to wake up
and recognize the sins that we consider our CHOICE, our RIGHTS, our WE CANT HELP IT" mentality. In Romans 12:19 it reads: "Love
must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." There is
only one way a Christian must live and that is abiding by the Word of God". No matter how big or how small your sin is, it is time for a reality check.
Are you comfortable with your sin?
"If you love me, you will obey what I
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