Observation: Sin separates us from God and the closer we are to God the less tempted we are to sin against him.
Application: This verse says "for all sin is contrary to the law of God". Not some sin, not big sins, not only bad sin but all. I think we sometimes think (or would like to believe) that some sin is worse than others. But there is no difference to God. Whether it is engaging in the sin of child pornography, cheating on your husband, or telling a lie which often leads to more lies to cover up the first one, these actions that prompt us to turn away from God cause us to become entrapped in sin. Jesus came to rid us from the guilt and the stain of sin. We can be quick to judge those who sin differently than us not realizing that we also fall short of God and rely on His mercy and forgiveness. I like the phrase in the Casting Crowns song that says: "But you can turn around, You've never been more than, One step away from surrender, One step away from coming home, coming home" We are always just one step away from God's forgiveness through our repentance.
Prayer: Creator God, You are the author of salvation and You have redeemed us from all our sin. We fall short of your GLORY and we think we can do things on our own. We are embarrassed and hide our sin in so many ways but You see it all. Help bring those sins to light so that we can see how desperately we need You. Thank you for being faithful to forgive us for everything and wiping our pasts clean. Help us to not judge those who sin differently than we do. Point out to us where we need to work in our own lives so that we are not focused on the trials of others but on our own lives to be right with you. Amen.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Daniel 11:2-35, 1 John 3:7-24, Psalm 122:1-9, Proverbs 29:1