What’s the difference?

Is there a difference in sins? Is one sin worse than another? If I stab my brother or sister with my words, doing damage that will scar them for life. Is that different than stabbing them with a knife?

If I steal their joy with my actions or words, is that different that stealing their wallet?

Just because I don’t “physically” take their life but I am emotionally taking it, is that not a sin, just like murder is a sin?

If I say I love them but I don’t, isn’t that a sin? It’s a lie, is it not? I mean, sure no one knows it…except God :)

Are our thoughts just as bad as our actions? Isn’t a thought an action?

If I think bad thoughts about you, judge you, complain about you in my head, is that not the same as doing it out loud?

Some people tell me no because I didn’t act, and therefore, I didn’t hurt anyone.

Didn’t I hurt God?

Just because I didn’t act on that thought does it make it any less of a sin in God’s eyes?

My brethren weren’t hurt by my sinful thoughts but God knew they were there, didn’t He?

Isn’t He listening to my every thought? Searching my heart, always?

Which brings me back to the question: Is there a difference in sins?

 

Author: Margaret from soulfood101blog

Praying the world will read God's Word for themselves, and not rely on what someone else tells them His Word says or means.

46 thoughts on “What’s the difference?”

  1. I like that it is God who gets to judge our sins, not us, I would have judged Jesus for tipping over the tables in the temple I’m sure. I like that God sees our motives, our circumstances, our hearts, our thoughts as well as our actions because no one else does, not even us sometimes. Grateful for an omnipotent judge.

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  2. Hmmmn… Thoughts to ponder upon. I believe that sin is sin in God’s eyes. From the human angle somethings leave you with really bad feeling. Personally I am reminded to watch my thoughts as well as my actions. Thanks for sharing this Margret.

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    1. Thank you my friend :) I feel sin is sin too. I couldn’t find anywhere in my Bible that says one is worse than the other, except blasphemy against the Holy Ghost in Matthew 12:31, and speaking against the Holy Ghost in Matthew 12:32. And it doesn’t say they are worse, it just says they are the only sins that are unforgivable. It’s the thoughts that seem to get me the most. But with God’s help, He will make me better. LORD, thank You for continuing to bless my Sister Bisi :)

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  3. Sin is the same all around. I agree that sin doesn’t have to be just a physical act, it can even be our ill thoughts, which are never hidden from God. Love the questions formulated in this post!

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  4. I don’t have the specific answer to your question, but I wonder if I key component is considering the role that confession and repentance play in our lives. To me, without these two disciplines in place, sin – and the accompanying hardness of our hearts – will inevitably increase in both degree and severity (think of Pharoah’s hard heart toward the Isrealites).

    Again, I don’t have the answers your question, but these are the issues that surfaced in my mind.

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      1. Yes, the input from others is always so enlightening. I have these conversations with people I know and meet but it is also nice to hear from my wordpress family too. I know we can’t get in as much discussion since we have to type but it is still always good.

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      2. Amen, Margaret. Please keep the conversations going!

        I hope that one day WordPress creates some sort of instant messaging feature for bloggers so that they could chat with one another in real time. Until then, have the comments! :D

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  5. Lots to ponder here, but it doesn’t matter how little or if it begins with an unkind thought, sin is sin. For thoughts can become words/action and turn into hatred/anger.

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  6. Hi sister, I’ll just toss in my two cents for fun.

    First of all, I admire your heart in having compassion and empathy people. The direction of your thinking is good.

    As to sins that are worse than others. Yea, I believe that God sees some sins as more wicked than others. I mean you have the ten commandments for example, and I believe they’re listed in order of worst to least worse. And I believe the same order applies to the list of 7 things that God hates in Proverbs 6.

    But just not being a Christian when someone dies will send them to hell, (John 3.18 and 3.36).
    So a person doesn’t even need to be particularly evil to be condemned.

    I’m sorry for rambling, but that’s about all I can think of as an answer to your question is one sin worse than another.

    Lord bless you Margaret.

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  7. Sometime in late high school I read Neal Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God. He explores a similar question. After reading his book I realized that all sin is essentially equal because God knows our hearts, strengths and weaknesses; like a good parent. He’ll let us know when we’ve crossed a line even if it’s not as ‘big’ or ‘bad’ as what someone else has done. Which is frustrating because sometimes I just wanna….grrrr…and I hear him say ‘you know better’. ;)

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  8. The first thought I have is what Jesus said in Matthew 5.

    “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
    But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

    Being angry is the same as killing a brother.

    “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
    But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

    Looking at a someone in lust is as bad as actually committing adultery.

    In short, I agree with what you’re saying. :) And it’s quite convicting to think about, isn’t it, that thoughts can do so much damage and hurt?

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