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9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

UGLY AS SIN

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” – Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV).

You have heard the expression, “Ugly as sin.” If we knew how ugly sin is to God, we would run from it as hard as we could. The idea of sin should pierce our hearts like a horror movie. And it often does, but not all the time. Sin glitters.  Sin is delicious.  Sin is enticing, intoxicating, and pleasurable to the senses.  It promises everything we could want. Sometimes a little sin can be seen as fun. It is a big deal to have too much to drink, a little bit of untruthfulness, or a little bit of greed or bitterness. Just a little.

But the reality is that sin destroys lives. It creates obstacles.  It causes dysfunctional relationships.  It may look pleasant in the short term, but it is often a slippery slope without a soft bottom. Sin is ugly.  One of the keys to being victorious in our struggle with sin is to see it from God’s perspective. From our perspective, we may see sin as either a regrettable occurrence, a nagging problem, or even just a simple nuisance. But how does God see our sin?

Sin is ugly to God.  God tells us most clearly how ugly it is to Him when He says He cannot even look at it (Habakkuk. 1:13).  God does not overlook, indulge, or tolerate it. Acts 17:30 says, “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him.”

Isaiah 1:18 has good news for all believers. “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”   

Psalm 94:14 says, “The LORD will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.” The answer to sin is Jesus. Jesus was rejected in our place. We are worthy of being eternally and finally rejected for our sins, and yet Jesus was rejected in our place.  Jesus is our victory.  Jesus is the answer to our struggle with sin.

Sin is so unsightly to God that He offered His most precious gift: So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins” (Romans. 8:3).

Discussion Questions:

  1. Sin is pernicious, insidious, and clever. Sin is many things we don’t even think are sinful. Agree or disagree and why?
  2. What can we do to see sin as it is?   

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