During a period of study I came across these verses: Colossians 3:5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
Paul in this set of verses gives two lists of sins. He give a list of sensual sins and then a list of sin that are seen in attitude, action, and word. When some people read through those two list they dismiss the first list of sensual sins because they are not a problem for them. You see some people think they are fine because they do not struggle with the sensual sins listed. Truth be told though many more struggle with them than you will ever know because people are fearful to say that struggle in those sensual areas. The sensual sins are inward ones and people do not act it out in a way that too many, if anyone see it or know about it. The thing is that they do know and they know because of the thoughts in their minds and in the things they look at and/or watch. In the second list that that Paul has here are sins that are seen clearly in people’s lives but the funny thing is we see them not as bad as that list of sensual sins by most people.
Here is the deal, we see sexual sins are being so very bad but this second list of sins that Paul gives – anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech, and lying well we regard these as the “little” sins that can really be overlooked if they are not too out of control. This comes down to an attitude that is prevalent and very dangerous and that is that some sins are worse than others.
Let me ask you some questions. Which sin did Jesus die more for: the adultery that someone commits or the lie that some tells? Did Jesus die more for the gossip you share or the evil sexual desire that some has? Did Jesus die more for the slanderous words about others or the lustful thoughts people have? The truth of the matter is Jesus died for all of it just the same. In our humanness we want to make one sin worse than another but it is not the way it is in the heavenly realms. Jesus died just as much for the lie you tell as the adultery and murder that someone else does. It is all the same – there is no degree of sin.
Here is what I see. We in our humanness dislike or are repulsed more by some sins than other but they are no worse than any other sin. Jesus died for it all and in truth it all sin is repulsive to Him. So do yourself a favor and never ever think yourself better than someone because of a sin they do or did and you never did, because if you do, you are discounting your own sinfulness and the sacrifice of Christ for it all.
Any thoughts on the idea of degree’s of sin? Do you think so sins are worse than others?