Sins and Their Effect on People

Originally posted on January 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Scripture References;

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Psalm 51:1-12 KJV

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Matthew 26:6-13 KJV

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.  And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. Luke 7:36-50 KJV

I am thinking about two passages that speak on the subject of sin.

Here is some background on Psalm 51:

It is a Psalm of David. It is said that King David was a man after God’s own heart. There is much written about his life in the Old Testament. Yet this King who already had plenty of wives took the wife of a loyal man who had done him no harm and committed adultery with his wife and then had the man killed in hopes to hide what had been done. Then Nathan the prophet confronted him and he confessed his sin and wrote that Psalm.

Here is some Background on Luke7:36-50:
The Pharisees were members of an ancient Jewish sect that emphasized strict interpretation and observance of the Mosaic law in both its oral and written form. They would not classify themselves as sinners, but Jesus repeatedly confronted them with the fact that they were sinners.

The conclusion I draw from this is that people sin; both those who have put their trust in Christ and those who have not. Once a person has put their trust in Jesus they will become more and more aware of their sins, and this will drive them to Him as their source of forgiveness and strength. As a result they will “love much”, and become more and more aware of the fact that “they are loved much”.

Here is a link you can click on and listen to a beautiful song that illustrates this truth I have been speaking about:

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  1. Debbie said,

    August 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Oh Theresa, thank you!
    I hate it when I sin. God hates it even more. But that He forgives me and makes a way for me to come to Him with it and heals me, helping me to sin less and less? Makes me cry. So thankful.
    And so thankful for you and all the messages He has you bring us. I loved how you took the condemnation right out of the picture and inserted Jesus instead.
    love, deb

    • August 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      I am thankful for the Lord’s healing and forgiveness, too. I am thankful for you, too.


  2. Heather said,

    August 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    God’s grace is such an amazing thing! While Scripture is clear that sin is never to be considered “okay”, I do believe it is harder for a person who believes she is righteous (or at least, less deserving of punishment) to accept and appreciate God’s forgiveness. People who don’t believe they are sick tend to be unwilling to make a trip to the doctor’s office.

    The account of David’s sin is fascinating to me in that, under Jewish Law, he should have been put to death at least twice (for adultery and the murder he arranged). Yet the Lord was merciful in extending forgiveness to him when the crushing realization of the magnitude of his sin caused him to plead for leniency.
    There were a lot of very sad temporal consequences, though.

    • August 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      His grace is truly amazing. 🙂

      You are right…there are sad consequences when we sin. But even the Lord’s chastisement is a merciful act. It is hard to fathom that, because our understanding is so limited.

  3. Ann said,

    August 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Thank you, Theresa

    What would we have done without the love of our Amazing Lord and His willingness to forgive our iniquities?
    David’s error is visible because history records what he did. I may not have made the same mistake but sin is sin in His eyes. I have reason to be thankful that He is the Great Redeemer.

    I love this song . Thank you much for adding it to your post.


  4. August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    “Sin is sin”. It’s true. I am thankful, too.

    I am so glad you loved the song. I love it, too. I found it on youtube. I like CeCe Winans’ version, too, I listened to many covers of the song, but there was something about this version. I think she is from Portugal. There was something about that version that really touched me.


  5. bendedspoon said,

    August 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

    And I am asking for forgiveness and strength… Glad you reposted this — perfect timing for me to be here right now. Huggggs and love 🙂

    • August 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      I am asking that for myself, too. I am so glad the Lord is a generous giver and will lavish us with both. 🙂

      Love, and Hugs,


  6. July 25, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder and commented:

    “7 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

    48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven…”

  7. Debbie said,

    July 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Thanks you so much for reblogging this post, Theresa! I need reminded about many things and He is faithful to do it. 🙂 I had recently read this in a book titled Provision Promises by Joseph Prince:

    “My friend, I submit to you that there is nothing basic about having a deep and abiding revelation of forgiveness. In fact, I believe that if you want to live the Christ-life and walk in the fullness of His divine provision, you need to meditate on His forgiveness daily. ”

    Love and prayers!

  8. March 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Yes, even though David sinned, he was repentant after prophet Nathan exposed him. That’s why God made him after his own heart. Thanks for the reminder.

    • March 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

      I am so thankful that the Lord loves us so much that He not only allows us to repent, but He brings it to our attention that we need to repent. 🙂

      Thank you so much for commenting!


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