Friday, September 9, 2011


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: sin

What is sin?

Does this world have a clear concept of sin?

Do you think understanding sin makes a difference in one’s life? Why or why not?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. I think I know what sin is - but sometimes I try to bargain with God and pretend it is not as bad as it sounds, but it;s sun. Love, Sande

  2. To me sin is anything that separates me from

  3. No, the world does not have a clear concept of sin. Hubby heard a great definition of sin that I think describes it pretty well "disagreement with God".

    And the thing is a sin is a sin is a sin, it doesn't matter if it is a "big" sin (like murder) or a "small" sin (lying, cheating) it is still a sin in God's eyes.

    But.....I'm glad when we come to him with our sins and ask for forgiveness, he forgives us!!!


  4. I was so consumed in my own morning that I forgot to fan the flame!

    Sin. Well, the five dollar definition would be to miss the mark.

    Does it differ from person to person? Well, Paul says that if something is a sin To YOU, then you sin when you do it. Also, the holy spirit convicts us of sins that we might have never even considered. I think He does that through the Word, but there have been times when someone has set an example for me, and the Spirit has brought me to the Word for confirmation. It isn't from someone preaching "at" me, but by a quiet witness in some area.

  5. Did my comment go through? It says so but I don't see it. Ugh.

  6. Blessings Sharon...OK I gotta admit it... I saw this and I avoided it until today... not that I thought about SIN all this time or my response but I just ran away without answering to "sin"... I wish I really could run away that easy...

    So here I am... to respond... to SIN... that which separates me from God; an offense against God, another and/or self that keeps me from being in right relationship with God or the other or even with myself. Yes, one can sin against oneself... and anything that grieves the Holy Spirit. I fall so short and mess up, or miss the mark but ALL have sinned (not that this lessens mine) nor should I compare, but we all fall short of the glory of God by entering into following our own flesh and desires that are not
    in line with God's Word.Not one is no worse or better than the other sin. Wrong is wrong, and sin is sin. No sugar coating can cover or hide.

    And the world, sad to say, becomes more and more jaded each day to what is "sin" and so full of excuses to write it off. Also the sin of avoidance or neglect (ouch) not listening or obeying what we hear God tell us...

    I'm not sure if understanding "sin" helps or hinders, making a difference in one's life. One would think that knowing about sin and understanding it or even the consequences (worldly or spiritually)would stop us, not entice us or beckon us to join in and sin.

    Unless one realizes the "sin" hurts us and our relationship with God and cares about this, I'd think they just go about doing what satisfies, without thinking or caring. Not only are we more jaded and hardened but think if we don't acknowledge "sin" as sin, that we can get by with it... sad to say, one sin begets another & another until we are in way over our heads. Too many do not admit to "sin" or even wrong doing.
    Everyone wants proof... or to know what harm is it if...? Sooner or later, the sin will be found out and then the price will be paid. But I'm not sure understanding "sin" stops us. Not even understanding the pain or consequences. Awww...

    Get thee behind me satan. Knowing his strategies that he attacks or tempts when we are weak or vulnerable, knowing the angle of attack or how he gains access is probable more important. Listening to his lies is what got us in this mess anyways.

    I'm just thankful that when we confess our sin, that God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us and put the robes of His righteousness around me and draw me under His wing to shelter me... from evil and more harm.
    Also, I'm grateful for the Holy Spirit and others who convict us of our sin and point us toward forgiveness, mercy and grace.

    Very thought provoking... inspite of my avoidance to fan this flame or get to close to the flame of eternal separation from God: hell.

    Love and prayers,

  7. You know, I really appreciated your input this week. It can be so easy to take the concept of sin for granted. And yet, I think it's a good thing to sometimes stop and really define it again - in its blatant, and more subtle forms.

    I loved the insights you brought.

    May we continue to speak BOLDLY about the true meaning of sin to a world that doesn't recognize it. It is only by grasping what sin means, truly means, that people have any hope of confessing and repenting. And people who confess and repent can be forgiven and healed. Jesus came to those who know they need to be saved. Sin makes that message abundantly clear!



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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