Sin. It's not just a "bad thing" that we each do every once-in-a-blue moon, it's actually the very thing, the very choice that separates us from the eternal, living God. Romans 6:23 reminds us that "the wages of sin is death,..." Behind sin is not just badness, or evil, it's Death itself, an entity that will eventually be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:14).
SIN = DEATH
Sin includes a multitude of things that result in death. Idolatry, greed, laziness, gossip, apathy, pride, adultery, lust, theft, and the list is practically endless. Ultimately, sin is direct rebellion against God, whether intentional or not.
Most of you already know this, in fact I'd wager that just about anyone reading this article here understands completely what I've just stated above, so this is where we switch gears.
The only thing that has conquered sin on this Earth is the person of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16), but what was it that drove Him to do this? God didn't have to send His only Son to conquer sin. Jesus didn't have to choose to stand and oppose sin. And the Spirit certainly didn't/doesn't have to convict people of sin. The key word, the one thing that is opposite sin, that can conquer it, is actually found in the most quoted Bible verse of all time.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Did you catch it? If not read it again.
Love is the one thing that stands opposite sin. Just as Light is opposite dark, just as Good is opposite evil, Love is opposite sin. But why love? Of all things why love? Surely there's something else that is the OPPOSITE of sin, I mean come on. No, there's not, it's only love.
This entire article is based on a conversation I had with one of my closest friends and then again shortly after with another in which "what is the opposite of sin?" wasn't the question being asked or mentioned but it was actually "what is the opposite of love?" You see, when asked "what is the opposite of love?", most would answer something like "hate" or "apathy", and while I believe that these are valid responses to the question I don't, I can't, believe that they are the answer.
You can hate something out of love. Don't believe me? I promise it's true. Ask someone who hates cancer why they hate cancer, it's not because cancer did anything to them personally (provided you're asking someone who doesn't have cancer themselves), it's because they LOVE someone who has cancer. Let's try another one, is it wrong to hate death? Of course not! The reason we hate death is because it separates us from the people that we LOVE! Now look at apathy, by definition apathy is a "lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern." Besides the fact that nobody can be 100% apathetic (if they get out of bed in the morning or continue breathing then it means they have some concern for their own personal well being aka a love of themselves, if we follow the definition), apathy has roots in a deeper form of a sin that Scripture calls sloth but today we call laziness. Being apathetic isn't necessarily a sin like laziness that you can completely control, but it seems to be at least a side-effect of sin much like depression or mental illness. Thus, as a result of sin, a result of the Fall, apathy cannot be the opposite of love!
Look back at Romans 6:23 and then again at John 3:16, both sin and love have a result. We have seen from above that SIN = DEATH, but what does Love equal? I'll give you a hint, it's the opposite of what sin's result is.
LOVE = LIFE
If sin is rebellion against God, the opposite of His plan for us, then love (because we know that God is Love, see 1 John 4:8) has to be the opposite of that, love has to (at least in some small part) be obedience. If sin is essentially death, then love is essentially life. There's a reason why love is such a large part of our culture, our world. Everyone is looking for it, everyone want's to find it, and most will do everything in their power to attain it, but the majority miss it. Some will find lust, others will be lonely, and few will find what the world calls love, but what God calls Love is something else entirely, and very few find it. This is because God is Love, perfect Love, not worldly love or lust, but actual Love in the sense that He died so that we may experience that Love in Life. Because although the wages of sin is death...
I'm deeply sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I assure you that I plan to change that, and if the Lord will's I will have another good post up here sooner than later.