Shifting Perception

14 Jan

Jesus with woman

One of the most common thoughts I hear in regards to sin is that “sin is put in place to ruin our fun; to limit our enjoyment”.

Having this thought causes the idea of sin as something to be perceived as tempting, too good to miss and/or something that must be indulged in (because it’s fun, feels good etc)

Clearly this thought makes it a trillion times harder for us Christians to stand by our Godly convictions.

However, if we were to shift our perception of sin from “what is sin” to “why it is sin”; we may be able to gain a greater understanding of why God has placed certain boundaries in life

One of the best statements I heard regarding this topic was “God is a father; as a father myself, I will do anything to protect my daughter because I don’t want to see her get hurt. This means putting specific boundaries in her life. In the same way, God hates sin because we will get hurt from these actions. These boundaries are God’s way of showing His amazing love and care for us.”

Having this perception causes an incredible shift from seeing God as a ‘party pooper’ who wants to limit our fun into a father who loves us so much more than we can comprehend.

1 John 4:16 – “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him”

God loves us so much more than we think, that He wants us to lead fulfilling lives within His glory and grace.

A life so much more than meaningless sexual flings, than unhealthy highs from drugs, than the damage from alcohol abuse.

God wants you to draw simple satisfaction through Him, and in doing so, to build healthy relationships, live in joy and to do life vigorously in His love and goodness.

When we tap into this understanding, we can truly begin to find immense freedom living within God’s word.

“We are to live life, not bound by rules, but captivated by love”

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