by Jerry Watts

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Understanding Sin (22 of 49)
Series: Romans - God's Glorious Gospel
Jerry Watts
Romans 7:7-25

What is it about being told ''not to'' that cause us to ''want to?'' For some, reason, just the knowledge that we are not supposed to do ''a thing'' is enough to motivate us to ''do it''.

As children, we remember the old ''dare you'' game. Better yet, it was the ''double-dog dare you'' that got most of us. Think about that. We cannot explain what a ''double dog dare'' is, and yet it held huge sway over almost every person in this building. The pressure was more than one could bear. When someone dared us, it mattered not if 'the act' was right or wrong, good or bad, or if we even WANTED to do it or not, now it was a matter of pride, ego, mixed with determination. What was that about?

The teaching of Paul, in our text, reminds that this truth has been alive throughout the ages. From the time the law was given it has seemed that humankind's default behavior was to break the law. Paul even suggests that the law excited, aroused, and certainly displayed our inner propensity to sin.

Sin. Let's think about sin for a time. Most of us don't really use the word, may not consider the concept, probably have a limited definition of it, and really have come to think of sin in the past tense. That is, it used to be a big deal-but not anymore.

Not too many years ago, I remember hearing someone, who claimed to be a believer, say this, ''I'm so tired of hearing about sin. Everyone makes mistakes, nobody's perfect.'' While the last 2/3 of this statement may be true, the thought behind this statement is nothing but secular humanism at its best, or worst.

It was sin that sent Jesus to the cross. History records that He died a painful, bloody, and humiliating death; and the reason He died was for sin. For this reason and more, we need to understand sin.

Have you ever defined sin? May I suggest that sin is ''breaking God law or word'' and/or ''disobeying God's will.'' ...

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