Have you ever thought about the Nature of Sin? Especially those sins that are easily recognizable to you.
I mean we all have the occasional sin that crops up in our lives don’t we. The mistakes we make under pressure, the giving in to a temptation, the uncontrolled outburst when we are caught off guard and can’t get hold of our emotions in time.
These sins that we can see so easily and that we readily repent of and promptly forget are unfortunately only the tip of the Iceberg! We can easily see the tip of a mountain of ice in the sea but the deadly danger of the iceberg is the huge amount and size of ice that is hidden below the surface of the sea.
Sin is like that. When you uncover a sin in your life or others for that matter, be assured that there a buried sins hidden beneath the sea that created that visible sin. If we really want to get rid of sin in our lives then we have to dig down into that sin on the surface that we are able to somehow justify in our lives and get to the hidden sin or sins even that created it if we ever wish to truly live a righteous life.
Think about the Laodicean Condition talked about so often here. A mindset where the individual things that they have need of nothing. They have all that they need, they are rich and increased with goods as the scripture relates, yet Christ says that they are in fact miserable, blind, naked and poor. How can that be?
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
People with this mindset do not see the hidden sins. Oh they see the surface sins and promptly and almost can I say sanctimoniously repent of them. You’ve seen the attitude maybe in felt a little like that yourself. Ooops there is that pesky sin again. I have to repent of it. I feel like the Apostle Paul, I am beset by these sins that I can’t seem to get rid of. Hmmm, when you write it out like this doesn’t it sound like there is a little PRIDE hidden in there?
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The point is that they are not looking beneath the tip of the iceberg. They are perfectly willing to take credit for the little sins that everyone can see BUT the bad sins the dangerous and deadly sins that can rip out the sides of a great ship like the Titanic they do not even look for at all. They have in all the knowledge that they have been given, forgotten what the real man is like, they have forgotten that the heart of man is desperately wicked.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Notice that it is not just wicked, this is what they have forgotten, the heart is deceitful above all things. It hids these sins from us. We must search deep within ourselves to find these hidden sins.
Let’s dissect a simple sin and see if the exercise will help us see deeper into sin in our lives.
Have you ever forgotten something and when asked about it made up an excuse for not having done it? Not a real excuse but a lie to cover you for having forgotten to do what you said you would do. There is the TIP of the iceberg. Easy to see easy to repent of to God in your prayers. Maybe you even go to the person and admit the lie or not the point is something caused you to get into that situation and pushed you into committing a sin. When you dig into it you will see that there was another sin committed that created the situation that created the “tip” of the iceberg sin.
What happened was you did not do what you had promised you would do. That was the sin that was hidden. You promised something and then broke your promise by not doing it.
So now we have two sins but why didn’t you keep your promise. It must have been possible or you would not have lied about it. So if it was possible why did you break your promise. Now the search might begin to branch out depending on you and your circumstances. So lets just take it down one path for the demonstration.
Lets say that you truly forgot that you had promised top do something. I mean that happens all the time doesn’t it. It might even be a human condition. That is it is very easy for a human to forget something promised if the circumstances are distracting. BUT, there’s that pesky little BUT again, how important is it to you to do what you say you are gong to do. A Christian must KEEP his word. That is a given in the word it is simple but let our no be no or our yes be yes.
Jas 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
So if we are going to walk as Christ walked then what we promise MUST BE important to us and we must do all that we can zealously to accomplish what we promised even if it is just getting something from the store. It is important that we CARE enough about our word that we would NEVER forget having given it. The sin here then is that we do not have enough love toward our brother or in some cases even our selves that we would allow ourselve to take a promise for granted and forget that we gave it.
Do you see that even in this simple and seemingly harmless sin, the deeper you go the worse the sin and the more we have to repent of. How can we truly repent and be forgiven of the simple sin of giving a lying excuse about having forgotten something that was promised when we have not asked for forgiveness for not caring enough about our word that we would allow ourselves to forget or that we did not have enough love for the person to whom we gave the promise to have EVER allowed ourselves to forget.
Remember this was just a simple example as you dig into each sin that you can identify in your life you will find deeper sins that actually caused that sin to happen and probably even deeper sins below that. This is the way to rid ourselves of sin brethren. The Holy Spirit can gives us the wisdom and direction to ferret out these hiddens sins but we must not be like a Laodicean mindset, we must not b e self satisfied with our selves we must be willing to begin that deep search for sin.
By Raymond Mills