It Doesn’t Really Matter What You Do, If No One Gets Hurt By Your Actions”

The world seems to be falling apart around us. There is no sense of right and wrong. Then along comes a well-intentioned person, perhaps a loved one or friend, and they may even consider themselves a Christian,But they mistakenly think…“It Doesn’t Really Matter What You Do, As Long As No One Gets Hurt By Your Actions”  And then you discover in an honest study of God’s Word that,

“GOD NEVER SAID THAT!”

Anything we do that hurts others is a sin in God’s eyes. If you look at what is forbidden by the Ten Commandments, for example, you’ll discover that most things on the list deal with sins that hurt others — murder, lying, stealing, adultery, and so forth. (You can find the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17.)

But this isn’t true of all the Ten Commandments. The last, for example, forbids covetousness (that is, a deep yearning for something that belongs to someone else). But covetousness isn’t an outward action; it’s something that goes on only in our hearts and minds. Nor does it apparently hurt anyone else (unless it leads to something like cheating or stealing). And yet God still labels it a sin.

Why is this? The reason is because every sin you commit hurts someone, including you. If you allow covetousness to take root in your soul, for example, it will hurt you, and turn you into a self-centered, greedy person. Every sin hurts someone, even if it’s only ourselves.

Sin is simply “missing the mark” of God’s righteousness for all mankind. He loves you and is concerned always with your having a right relationship with both Himself and with others. There are no commandments or laws which would harm or deny you of God highest and best for your life. And likewise, there are no commandments which govern your actions toward others that would not yield God’s highest and best for their lives also.

Sin is deceptive and always appears pleasurable for the moment. If it is not addressed, it can take hold of your life and will ultimately become your master. But God loves you and doesn’t want you to be a slave to sin any longer. That’s why he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, into the world, who by his death and resurrection overcame sin’s power over us. Don’t be deceived, but by faith turn to Christ for the forgiveness and new life that He has provided for you to experience.

The Bible says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law.… (But) he appeared so that he might take away our sins” (1 John 3:4,5).
 

On the grace journey together with you, Lynwood

Lynwood