What Sin Is

1 John 3:4-5  

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

Listen to the "Verse by Verse" episode covering this scripture.

What is sin? The New International Version of verse 4 says it simply: “Everyone who sins breaks the law.” God’s law defines what sin is. God’s law shows us what God’s will is—the things that are good and beneficial. It also shows the opposite—the things that go against God’s will that will bring curses, pain and suffering on us.

Many believe that God’s law is too difficult and burdensome. But John goes on to say that God’s “commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

Jesus Christ never sinned. He hated sin, but loved us sinners enough to tell us, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11).

Study more about how God sees sin in our article “What Is Sin?

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