March 30, 2022

A Little Sin

Written by Boyd Bailey

New Christians are contagious with their healthy, refreshing fear of God and rejection of sin.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 30, 2022

So did the good law bring about my death? Absolutely not! It was sin that killed me, not the law. It’s the nature of sin to produce death through what is good and exploit the commandments to multiply sin’s vile effects. Romans 7:13, VOICE

A little sin is like saying a little poison. No one in their right mind would partake in just a little poison, yet in similar fashion many people, including some Christians, invite unhealthy influences into their lives. A little bit of lust. A little bit of pride. A little bit of greed. A little bit of gossip. Not enough to draw too much attention, but certainly enough to erode intimacy with Jesus. Like a drop of black ink in a pure glass of filtered water, why would a person deliberately sin and pollute his pure relationship with God? A little sin is poisonous to a pure connection with Christ!

New Christians are contagious with their healthy, refreshing fear of God and rejection of sin. Their fiery faith honors Christ by not getting curiously close to sin for the thrill, but instead prays, Lord, how can I stay far away from what you hate, and with this wisdom honor Him the most. Sin a little, really? A better approach is growing your conscience tender to sin, like a new convert’s. Never intent on soiling their soul with the slightest sin—single minded instead of being holy as He is holy. No one is perfect, and we all fall short—yet love’s benchmark for life is the pure bar of perfection. Fools compromise at the outset tolerating little sins, but wisdom flees from sin. 

“How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her” (Genesis 39:9-10). 

Reverence for God rejects what He rejects and accepts what He accepts. The Lord rejects little sins of selfishness, but accepts little acts of kindness. The Lord rejects harsh doses of judgment, but accepts little drops of mercy and grace. The Lord rejects the deceptiveness of hypocrisy, but accepts raw/real authenticity. The Lord rejects little lies, but accepts overall honesty. The Lord rejects a little pride but accepts genuine humility. Racism He rejects, but loving all He accepts.

Is grace your motivation to draw closer to Christ? Or, to experiment with sin in the name of freedom, instead of fleeing from sin in the name of wisdom? Gaze on the cross bearing your sin: “Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced his heart! It made him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful.” C. H. Spurgeon 

Be sobered and spurred on to love and good works by the little sins that placed Jesus on the cross. Look in the loving eyes of the Lord who was made sin—and sin not for the sake of love.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).


Heavenly Father, keep me from little sins, by a large love for you, my neighbors and myself, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.


What little sins are eroding my intimacy with Jesus and those who love me?

Related Reading

Ezekiel 18:21-28; Acts 8:22; Romans 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-22; 1 John 1:8-9

Worship Resource

Maverick City feat. Joe L. Barnes & Maryanne J. George: Heal Our Land/Come & Move


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