Study Your Sin

Should Christians study their sin? Do we have a tendency to take sin for granted? Each person must answer that question for themselves. The answer may become clear upon an individual’s study of their sin.

It reminds me of hearing Paul Washer’s challenge, “Do you have a new relationship with sin? Because, if you don’t have a new relationship with sin, you don’t have a new relationship with God.” In light of this I’ve recently thought about a question that Christians might challenge one another with, “How is your private sin life?” Then, I came across the excerpt below which is a great reflection for the Christian concerning their sin.

If you wish to be thankful, get a heart deeply humbled with the sense of your own vileness. A broken heart is the best pipe to sound forth God’s praise. He who studies his sins, wonders that he has anything, and that God should shine on such a dunghill: “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man—but I was shown mercy!” 1 Timothy 1:13. How thankful Paul was! How he trumpeted forth free grace!

A proud man will never be thankful. He looks on all his mercies as either of his own procuring or deserving. If he has an estate, this he got by his wits and industry; not considering that scripture, “Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you power to become rich” Dt. 8:18. Pride stops the current of gratitude. O Christian, think of your unworthiness; see yourself as the least of saints, and the chief of sinners—and then you will be thankful.
– Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture excerpt (emphasis mine).

in Church Issues,Gospel,morality,theology

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 selahV August 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Mark, I know this comment is of God. I decided to comment and say, I think studying particular sins is a lot like looking in a mirror. Sometimes we walk by and catch a glimpse of ourselves and think we look great. It isn’t until we stand in front of the mirror that we discover that the candybar we’d thought we eaten in secrecy has left a smear on our upper lip. I pluck my eyebrows (cause its what most women do). Years ago, I just stood in front of the bathroom mirror and yanked those wild ones out with ease. Now that I’ve lost a portion of my eyesight, I have to use a magnifying mirror to even see those errant brows. Same is true of sin, the more we live in it, the more comfortable we become with it. And sometimes the only way the Holy Spirit can help us see what we need to change is to magnify it by intensive study. What we may think is a great reflection in the mirror at first glance, may need a bit closer inspection.

So how do I know God wanted me to say this? My anti-spam word is “reflection”. Cool, huh? Blessings brother…selahV

2 Mark August 25, 2010 at 1:07 am


Wow, it’s been a long day. Thanks for your comment. I agree with you and believe it is a grace of God that He shows us our sin in such a way that only reinforces our need of Him.

That’s cool about your anti-spam word. My was ‘loving’.

3 Christian September 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Wow, that was very convicting. Too often we worry about the “big” sins and don’t notice the smaller things, smaller at least in our eyes. Jesus said that hating your brother was murder, and looking at a woman in lust was adultery. It is us who put “levels” on sin.


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