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Personal Sin

7 May 2021 | Lt. Matthew J. Dean Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

It is not difficult to look at the sins of humanity. However, it is difficult to look at our own personal sin. Human beings have this innate ability to “point the finger,” at others and in-turn disregarding their own shortfalls. The Bible teaches us that we all have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus illuminated humanity to a problem that isn’t external but rather internal. He stated, “It’s not what is outside the man that defiles him, but inside" (Mark 7:15). As human beings, our troubles are grounded not on current ideologies, systemic racism, or governmental issues. Those are merely the manifestation of a deeper seeded issue. Sin!

Everyone living today has participated in sin in one shape or fashion. God’s word is floodlit with the sins of humanity. The fact is that through introspective reflection, a man can gauge the problems of the world by his own misdeeds. Jesus said to the disciples, “Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart … What comes out of a person is what defiles him" (Mark 7:18-19). Jesus spoke this to the disciples to illustrate an impressive observation. If a human being wants to change the problems of the world, look no further than yourself. Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson once stated, “Instead of protesting and trying to change the world, first win the war of evil within yourself.” So if you’re concerned with sin, look to the internal first instead of the external.

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