We know why God sent His only son Jesus Christ into the world it was to die a cruel death on the cross for our sins – not our mistakes – our sins. There’s a difference between the two. When Jesus forgave the adulterous woman He told her after He’d forgiven her to go and sin no more. He made His warning clear. He did not say do not make this mistake again, He said, “…sin no more.” The woman was caught doing wrong: getting caught was the mistake, her sin was committing adultery.
Notice in the reading from John 8:10-11, Jesus addressed her sin, not her mistake:
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Mistakes are usually unintentional. We don’t mean to make them or to get caught but our sins are most often done willfully. Why does mankind willfully sin? It’s in the makeup of our sinful nature. Does a thief intentionally get caught when he/she steals? Of course not! They made a mistake somewhere in their planning or failed to plan altogether. However their sin was taking something that didn’t belong to them.
Romans 6:28 says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that need.” The Ten Commandments also says, “Thou shall not steal.” Dear Hearts sin is sin. It is what it is. Jesus made it abundantly clear and so should we.
Some mistakes can be corrected depending on what it is. We all have had to erase misspelled words or have had to make a U-turn while driving. Those are simple mistakes; a part of everyday life. Sin however will send our souls to eternal damnation: Hell. We can’t make light of sin by watering it down or calling it by another name.
Dear hearts, I never would have become sin-conscious if I’d looked at everything I did as a mistake! Nor would I have had a reason to repent of my sins. If someone had not told me I had sinned I could’ve just used my common sense and purposed not to get caught again, to make that particular ‘mistake’ again. It’s easier to erase a mistake from one’s conscious than to forget sin. Sin sticks with you even if it’s deep in the subconscious it’s always there making you uncomfortable. There’s no way to be complacent about sin. Mistakes allow us to live guilt-free with no need for repentance or salvation.
Jesus Christ fulfilled His earthly ministry. His message was about repentance from sin and the need for redemption from them; He never taught about redemption for mistakes. God has not given anyone permission to alter His words; no preacher, teacher or laymen possess that right. Beloved the bible tells us what’s right and what’s wrong. It has been and will always be right. That means somebody else is wrong! We have to tell it like it is or remain silent!
When King David sinned against Uriah by committing adultery with his wife he got caught by her pregnancy. In his mind, he’d made a mistake and so he tried to clean it up but only succeeded in compounding his sin. But there came a time when he was confronted with the truth; he acknowledged his sins before the Lord and this is what he said:
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:1-3 (NIV)
If the prophet Nathan had not had the boldness to call sin by its name the King may have continued in his sinful actions. Beloved, there are things in this life that needs to be replaced because of wear and tear, they’re just plain worn out but God’s word needs no replacement or revision. Only a sin-conscious mind can bring forth true repentance from a contrite heart. Repentance is the only road mankind can take to Redemption. By receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit we are set free from our sins. The biggest mistake is to leave this world without it.
Salvation is ours for the asking. God loves us very much and He wants us to spend eternity with Him. It’s as simple and as wonderful as that – it is what it is!