Jan 31 – Unrecognized Sin

For by grace you have been saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.               ~~Ephesians 2:8

I’ve often wondered how we are held accountable for those sins we don’t even realize we’re committing.  I’ve especially wondered about those people who have not encountered the Word of God and don’t know that He exists, let alone know enough to make a decision about whether to believe in Him.

It is said that when we die and meet God He knows the condition of our hearts and the acts we’ve committed and He will judge accordingly; and while we’ve been given Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice, Leviticus gives us guidance on this topic:

“Say to the Israelites:
‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden
in any of the LORD’s commands… 
When they become aware of the sin they committed, …
In this way the priest will make atonement for him
for the sin he has committed, and he will be forgiven.        –Leviticus 4:2; 14; 35
“If a person sins and does what is forbidden
in any of the LORD’s commands,
even though he does not know it,
he is guilty and will be held responsible.  –Leviticus 5:17
In this way the priest will make atonement
for him before the LORD,
and he will be forgiven
for any of these things he did that made him guilty.”                     –Leviticus 6:7

These passages tell us we are responsible for sins we commit unknowingly; we are held accountable for them.  This should encourage us to ask for forgiveness as soon as we realize we’ve sinned, rather it was an hour ago, a day ago, or a decade ago.  That’s not enough though, we need to apologize for those sins we aren’t conscious of.  God knows them even if we don’t.

Known sins left untended end up festering inside of us.  They cause us to become fearful, someone might find out; someone might judge us.  They cause us embarrassment.  They can place barriers between us and God as well as between us and others.

Guilt and fear are not from God.  They are tools used by Satan to disrupt our relationships, both with God and with other people.  They also disrupt our relationship with ourselves.  We become embarrassed and non-sharing. We even deny to ourselves what happened so we don’t have to face it.

God, We come to You now, in sorrow for the sins we have committed and as much so, for the sins we are not aware of.  Help us recognize our sinful ways so we can, through your grace, walk away from the temptation.


Published by: seekersofchrist

After a time of rest, it's time to resurrect this blog with a light on prayer and building our own personal prayer garden. A woman of faith, I want to share my personal insights into God and the Gospel in the hopes that these touch another heart, encouraging them to come to Christ.

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