What is sin? It is the breaking of God’s law. It’s in the Bible, I John 3:4, NIV.

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” I John 5:17, NIV says, “All wrongdoing is sin…”

The basic principal of God’s law is summed up in one word—love. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 22:37-40, NIV.

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Sin comes from the inside out. It’s in the Bible, Mark 7:20-23, TLB.

“And then He added, ‘It is the thought-life that pollutes. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery, wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride, and all other folly. All these vile things come from within; they are what pollute you and make you unfit for God.”

No one is better than another—we all sin. It’s in the Bible, Romans 3:9-10, TLB.

“Well, then, are we Jews better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all men alike are sinners, whether Jews or Gentiles. As the Scriptures say, ‘No one is good—no one in all the world is innocent.’”

Without Jesus, the consequences of our sin is death. It’s in the Bible, Romans 6:23, TLB.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

What if I’m not sure of what all my sins are? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 139:23-24, TLB.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes You sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Confess sin to God and receive forgiveness. It’s in the Bible, I John 1:9, NIV.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Is any sin unforgivable? It’s in the Bible, Luke 12:10, NIV.

“And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”

To symbolize turning away from sin we should be baptized. It’s in the Bible, Luke 3:3, TLB.

“Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned to God and away from their sins, in order to be forgiven.”

If you feel like a hopeless sinner, what should you do? First acknowledge your sin. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 51:2-4, TLB.

“Oh, wash me, cleanse me from this guilt. Let me be pure again. For I admit my shameful deed—it haunts me day and night.”

Second, Ask forgiveness for your sin. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 51:7-12, TLB.

“Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. And after You have punished me, give me back my joy again. Don’t keep looking at my sins—erase them from Your sight. Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires. Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from Your presence. Don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You.”

Third, Believe that God has indeed forgiven you and quit feeling guilty. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 32:1-6, TLB.

“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record. There was a time when I wouldn’t admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustration. All day and all night Your hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, ‘I will confess them to the Lord.’ And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Now I say that each believer should confess his sins to God when he is aware of them, while there is time to be forgiven. Judgment will not touch him if he does. You are my hiding place from every storm of life; You even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory.”

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