“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
-1 John 3:4
When we talk about sin, we tend to talk about “sins”, specific things that we do. We talk about lying or murder or lust. We make a list of things we shouldn’t do and maybe a (much shorter) list of things we should do.
On the one hand, this can be helpful because we start to be aware of our sinfulness and see ways to serve God. On the other hand, though, it can be dangerous. It can become like focusing on the symptoms of a disease instead of dealing with the disease itself.
What is sin?
Sin is lawlessness. Sin is anything and everything we do outside the Law of God…thought, word, and deed. It’s anarchy! Instead of living within the Law of the King, we choose for themselves what is good and what isn’t. I’m reminded of Judges 21:25
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”
As we continue through Lent, let us not just focus on individual sins, but rather see the overall lawlessness that reigns in our lives. Let it bring us before our loving and merciful King in repentance. And let us put our hope in the one who perfectly fulfilled the Law for us, Jesus Christ.
Dear Lord and King,
You have given us Your good and perfect Law and I confess that I have chosen, instead, lawlessness. I have done what I saw as fit rather than follow Your ways and I have made a practice of sinning. I am sorry and repent of my lawlessness. For the sake of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, please forgive me and renew me. Clothe me in the perfect righteousness of Christ and help me to walk in Your ways to the glory of Your name.