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Sin doesn’t Come in Sizes — Snippet

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" ~Romans 3:23

“It is the combination of God’s mercy (as He patiently works with us) and His Word (as it transforms our mindset) that ultimately breaks the power of sin over our lives… If God has started the transformation process in us, He won’t stop working (even if He has to use with trials to get it done). God won’t quit on you… so don’t quit on yourself!!!” ~ Sin doesn’t Come in Sizes

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  1. I needed to hear this. I just got off the phone with a gay friend of mine who is questioning who he is and if his feelings are sinful. All I could really respond was that it was something he needed to pray about and that I truly felt that with Gods word and his love God would lead him in figuring out what is right. The fact is we are all sinful but we really on Gods guidance to give us help in leading the life he has planned for us. Nobody can tell us what that might be. I have trouble with homosexuality being a sin that will keep us from heaven. I have so many gay friends who are Christian and who are simply attracted, physically and emotionally to the same sex. They are good, loving, honest people and are sometimes better Christians than my straight friends. Ugh it is a topic that can bring much guilt, separation from God, and sadness. I am glad I, myself don’t have to worry about this subject but my heart yearns to help those who are.

    • Hello my dear sister in Christ,

      I am happy that you were blessed by the post, it is always good to know that there is some positive effect.

      You are perfectly right that we are all sinful; indeed, that is exactly what God tells us in Romans 3:23. We are all sinful and we sin in so many ways, some of which we are not even aware (Psalm 19:12). And we all need forgiveness for our sins, which God, in His mercy, promises to do when we confess them (1 John 1:9).

      Nevertheless, God’s mercy is not the same as god’s endorsement. Jesus showed mercy to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), but He also told her “…go, and sin no more” (John 8:11b). Just as the Bible clearly defines adultery as sin and warns us not to engage in such immorality, it also tells us that homosexuality IS sinful (Romans 1:18-32) too.

      We must be careful that we don’t try to define what is sin/sinful; that is God’s job, not ours. Despite my love for food, I am also aware that gluttony is sin. Even though I love eating so much and I am so attracted to food, I can’t deduce that it is therefore good to overeat.

      For a more sinister example, consider pedophiles: they have a genuine but (i hope we all agree) sinful attraction to children. I am sure that we cannot sanction pedophilia simply because pedophiles say they can’t help themselves. Moreover, we often hear on the news the shock of neighbours and friends of pedophiles when they are discovered, they say things like: “he seemed like such a nice man”; “he lived beside us for years, we exchanged Christmas cards, he came to our barbeque”.

      Niceness, or acts of goodness do not obviate sin/sinfulness. Salvation is by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ not by works (not by good deeds, nice personality, coolness, etc.) “lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

      Accordingly, I have no doubt that your gay friend has a wonderful personality and that you enjoy your friendship. If it were possible, I would be pleased to make his acquaintance. But that does not change the fact that a homosexual lifestyle is sinful before God. And just as God’s grace empowers me to overcome the sins/sinful-tendencies in my life, i would encourage your friend to allow God to do the same for him. In the words of Jesus, “…Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11b)

      May God continue to bless you, your family and your friends.

      “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12

    • I agree with all you wrote. I feel my job as a friend to myself and to those around me is to use God’s love to encourage a relationship with God. That is the first step in all of our lives, the most important step. I am not knowleadgeable in God’s word enough to speak biblical or healing truths but I do believe I was given the gift of guidance and compassion. I know with all certainty I can always say I love you….God loves you. Thank you for taking time to respond…I enjoyed the precise and well formed thoughts!

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