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Since the beginning of time, God has made covenants with humans: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David.

Unfortunately, the most frequently referenced covenant today is one that doesn’t apply to us, the Mosaic Covenant. It has to do with the Ten Commandments and the other 600+ laws the people of Israel had to follow. This covenant is usually brought up relative to someone’s unacceptable behavior, where it is classified as “sin.”

The irony is that we are no longer under the Mosaic Covenant, which was established only for Jews. That covenant, a temporary one, was replaced by one established by Jesus through his death and resurrection. In its simplest form, it means we have forgiveness of “sins” through Christ. This means Jesus can forgive every time we fall short of God’s standard.

What is that standard? Jesus also gave us a new commandment, one to replace all of the former ones by saying, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

This is how are actions are measured. It’s not by what people or leaders of the church claim is “sin.” We don’t earn our way to heaven by attending a weekly service. People are always asking where the “sin” line is, wondering when they’ve crossed it. Today, people are rationalizing all sorts of behaviors, pre-dispositions, and activities as acceptable.

We don’t have to walk in the shame of what many church people are claiming as unacceptable behavior. Your actions are likely permissible under one condition: if you are chasing God with all your heart and He gives you no conscience check for what you’ve done. If you’re not pursuing maturity in God, you’re conscience isn’t likely to awaken for repetitive “sins.” If you are, His spirit is always guiding and adjusting your behavior.

Don’t get caught up with what “Christians” say is or isn’t “sin.” Deepen your walk with God and he’ll let you know…for every single thing you do.

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