As I continue my read through the Bible, I found verses about unintended sin in Leviticus. The Israelites were told to give a sin offering for unintended sin. In this case, God gave his people food laws to protect them. But it goes beyond just that. It covers mishandling the offering, choosing the wrong offering, or missing a dietary law.
Thinking about this, I realized everyone sins unintentionally at one time or another. Verses in the New Testament tell us not doing good, when you know you should, is a sin. Looking at the opposite sex with lust or desire is sin. When we cross the line between concern to gossip, it’s sin. Our thoughts can cause us to sin. This is why one of the reasons we must take our thoughts captive. They should be uplifting, righteous, and good. If we don’t take control of our thought life, wayward thoughts can lead to unintended sin.
Whether we know we’ve sinned or not, changes nothing. It’s still sin and an offense to our Holy Father God. This is an even greater reason to run to Jesus. He takes all our sins, known and unknown, forever forgiven and dealt with. Then Jesus opens our eyes to our sin and gives us the ability to turn away from them.
Father God has spelled out sin. He gave us the Ten Commandments along with many scriptures covering behaviors God dislikes or urges us not to engage in. All of this helps to show though we may try to live a sinless life, we cannot achieve that goal alone. Unintended sin will creep in whether we realize it or not. Again, Jesus is the only remedy for the consequences of these sins. He alone can deal with them.
I praise God for this knowledge and our awareness to sin. It allows us to avoid pitfalls, traps, and snares. It allows our hearts to seek his guidance on a new level. He, in his wisdom and care, will lead us away from transgressions, especially unintended sin. We simply need to listen and follow his still small voice. We’ve all had times when we know God is telling us to do something. It’s time to listen. Though I must warn, Satan is crafty and will disguise his evil using the same method. Therefore, we must test what we hear. We must make sure what we hear lines up with God’s Word and his holiness.
Father God is our greatest supporter, Jesus our greatest friend, and the Holy Spirit our guide in this life. If we follow their lead we can avoid unintended sin and live a holy life…pleasing to our Father God.
James 4:17 (NIV)
17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.