What is sin?
Yes I agree, sin is a word I too have had trouble with, so thank you for bringing it up and for your willingness to confront it. It’s a hard word (as in that it isn’t soft) to swallow. Many people I know continue to turn their backs on it just because of their interpretation of the word. Unfortunately turning our back is not the answer, confronting it is.
As they say what you resist persists. What you focus on grows too, so there is no point in constantly thinking about what we did wrong and berating our self, is there? All we need to do is to acknowledge it and turn our attention and our intention to Divine Love and forgiveness which overcomes the sin and and we continue to grow in God’s Love.
We can look at sin in many ways.
Although sin can be a fill-blown act of crime remember, no crime is ever too big to be forgiven. Remember also, that many or maybe even most of our little or big crimes are against ourselves so be sure not to leave yourself out of the equation when you look for forgiveness. Sin can constitute unkind acts or unkind words we put upon our self or others. It can represent unkind or poisonous thoughts, even if they are not expressed they still poison the mind.
Sin can be an unhealthy attitude which is driven by those unresolved emotions of hatred, anger, regret, jealousy, envy unforgiveness, shame, blame and self pity. These too are poisonous. Remember, you are not alone with all this stuff. Most of us are carrying this baggage and some laden for a life-time. This isn’t about judging our self, far from it. It’s about finding peace with it and releasing it. If we turn our back it becomes like a heavy burden which can weigh us down and lead to disease of the mind body system.
Even though you might feel justified for how you feel, I suggest you ask your self this: As justified as I may be, is hanging onto these ‘hurts’ really doing me any good? The answer is a resounding NO.
It was brought to my attention recently that I still harbored grudges against some people from nearly a quarter century ago. I was surprised. Not only did I need to forgive those people but I also had to forgive myself for hanging onto that poison for so long. It certainly wasn’t harming them but it was harming me.
Hurt People hurt people, Loving people love people
I say ‘hurts’ because at the end of the day only hurt people hurt people. This means if we heal the hurt and return to love, we can’t repeat the sin, because Loving people love people, right?
Remember, our thoughts will become words either in our head or out-spoken, and our words become works. Doesn’t it make sense to confront those put-downs which obviously don’t work for you so they can be resolved and dissolved through the love of God?
What do you identify your self with?
Although I agree we have to acknowledge our wrong-doings we must remember they are doings or behaviors and they can be undone. Our biggest problems come when we identify our self with those wrong doings. We live with the shame and blame and call our self a sinner, a failure, or other names to describe what we do as if it is who we are.
‘I AM’ the highest non-form of communication available to man-kind and when remembered overcomes and becomes the highest form of communication through mans kindness.
I AM are the most powerful words in the dictionary. They are the words and works of God and what ever we attach to them we empower. I AM is how we identify our self in God. They are intended to raise our self up but often we use them to put our self down.
Making statements like I am a sinner, I am unworthy and all those other things we attach to I AM only stands to put us down and separate us from God. It’s self- abuse. It is blasphemous and takes His name in vain. I AM declares who we are, not what we do. Sin is something we do, It is a wrong doing and a long way from who we are.
I AM the Health Way
I AM love I AM great, I AM joy, I AM forgiveness etc. aligns us with God. Not only are we honouring, praising and raising our self up in His name we are also displaying honour and praise and raising Him up within us. It is a two way street. And as we do unto our self we do unto others! So if you really want to praise God, look in the mirror (right into your eyes) and begin to tell you self all the things you would like to hear from someone else and of course from God. You can begin with your Name Marie …. You are …. completely loved and accepted, You are well provided for, You are a joy to the world. You are forgiven. You are a success. Then you can turn it around and do something very few people can do. I AM Love, I AM forgiveness, I AM a Joy to the world.
I AM Praising who I AM
Notice these are all the things God is made up of and gives freely to the world through each and every one of us. Some would say we are being vain but in truth we are acknowledging and reminding our self of all that He is and all that we are in Him. We are declaring only that which is Good and what God sees in us. That’s freedom.
Thank you I AM
So now, as you put that old way of thinking to rest you find room for new healthy, loving and joyful thoughts, words and actions that work for you, right? As you are ready to be forgiven or to forgive others the undoing gets done and you can safely look in the mirror and announce Thank you I AM Absolute Forgiveness
Now, I don’t know about yours, but my heart has certainly softened.