Sin has two broad categories. One is the condition we are born in as humans. It has different names such as original sin, sinful nature, carnal nature, etc. The other is usually plural, sins, because it refers to actions on our part where we come short of the glory of God. This second category is my focus. Again we have two broad categories.
We have sins of omission vs sins of commission. One type refers to the things we are supposed to do and don’t. The other refers to the things we are not supposed to do but commit anyway.
The Decalogue gives us examples of both shall and shall nots. For instance, you shall honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder.
When Jesus was asked to identify the Greatest Commandment He summarized the ten in all shall’s.
(Luk 10:27 KJV) And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.While we all are guilty of both kinds I think that in certain circumstances we trend one way or the other. I tend to not do things that I should in life as a whole and it bleeds over into my spiritual life. My wife tends to be the opposite. It leads to a lot of stimulating conflict.
The blessing in it all is that God is willing to forgive.
(1Jn 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.That is a promise I can cling to.
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