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Sin Displeases God
Adventure 6: God's View of You
Mission: 7

Question Answer
What is "sin"?

Sin is any action, word, or thought that breaks God's Law. We sin either by doing or being what God forbids, or by not doing or being what God requires. 1 John 3:4 – Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

The Difference This Truth Makes
The simple and most accurate definition for the Bible word “sin” is “missing the mark.” But what mark (or target) have we missed?

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

What we have missed is the glory of God – the purpose for which He created us. The Bible teaches that we were created in God’s image to glorify Him. Sinning means failing to give glory to God by not perfectly reflecting His character. Sinning means missing the mark of God’s glory through wrong actions, speech, attitudes, or thoughts.

Sinning means preferring something else above God – namely, ourselves. When we sin, we exchange the greatest joy and satisfaction for lesser pleasures that could not possibly satisfy. Sin makes great promises, but never delivers.

God is always displeased by sin, because all goes against Him. God is absolutely perfect. One of the characteristics of someone who is absolutely perfect is that He loves perfection and intensely hates all that goes against it. All sin displeases God, because all sin goes against His perfection.