How are you today? Is there any doubt in your mind about the definition of sin? No, I thought not!
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 NKJV) The operative word here is knows. The majority of us know what is the right (or good) thing to do in most situations; and we know whether or not we have done it.
Sin is not only actively committing evil deeds; it is also passively failing to do something good that you KNOW that God wants you to do! Should you admit to the clerk that she gave you too much change, and return it to her? If you didn’t do it, then that was sin, because you knew it was the right thing to do. Did you feel nudged to apologize to your friend for something hurtful that you said to her? Did you consider giving an offering to a ministry or organization that has blessed and ministered to you? If you didn’t do it . . . then that was sin. You get the idea!
God wants us live a life of faith, led by the Holy Spirit’s promptings and our obedience to Him! We all need to learn to be more sensitive and obedient to that still, small voice that we recognize as the Lord’s voice! When we don’t obey God’s voice (His promptings to our hearts and minds), it is sin.
God bless you today.