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Day 24 | Repentance & Core Sin
We want to talk today about core sin. Core sins are deep, so let’s take some time to think deeply about them.
Here is an example of surface sin and core sin: The Bible teaches that sex outside of the context of marriage is sin. But it’s a surface sin. Two people who have sex outside of marriage are sinning. To not do that is a good thing. To set up boundaries to keep yourself from having sex outside of marriage is good. Trying not to sin is good, but that is not what repentance is.
There is a deeper core sin at play. Lust causes you to desire to have sex and at some point the lust or desire to have sex wins over God’s law and your desire to obey. So the act of sex outside of marriage is the surface sin and lust is below the surface.
But there is still a deeper sin that is at play, a more core sin for us to recognize. We do well and begin to get at repentance when we recognize our core sin.
In sex before marriage, we are really simply stating to God, “I know what is going to give me the most pleasure. I know how to gain pleasure for myself better than you do.” We are stating that “fulfillment of my sexual desire is the thing that I will serve in this moment.” Our sexual desire is our god and the real God has been dethroned.
Martin Luther said,
“No commandment is broken until the first commandment is broken. The first commandment is that you shall have no other gods before me. No sin has ever been committed that did not first break this one.”
It goes back to the garden when the serpent told Eve that God is holding out on her and there is greater pleasure available to her than in doing what God says. When we start to see this, we start to understand repentance.
Take some time today to think about your core sin. The likelihood is that you can go down a few levels. Confess them to God. Ask God to reveal your surface and core sins. As you do, remember that you are fully loved and accepted by God. Shame and hiding come from Satan. Love and acceptance come from God.
Below is an image to help you think through this concept better. To hear Rik teach through this more, listen to last Sunday’s podcast on repentance.
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