In a devotional this week, I read this statement by Oswald Chambers:
"...sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God."
Now, this may not be any new information for you, but it has been great help in explaining some things to my boys this week, and has brought some renewed clarity in my thinking.
It's not about what we do or don't do; it's about where we stand.
This distinction helps me to know that I don't teach my boys to focus on staying away from pornography, drugs, alcohol, swearing, deceit, sexual promiscuity, etc., although we do talk about those things.
Instead, it reminds me to focus their attention on the connection they have with God. On the relationship that is severed by sin. The choice of deliberate independence of God and the resulting consequences.
In the past, I think I directed my kid's focus too much on what not to do, rather than on having a relationship with a loving, living Christ.
I hope this truth will bring the same clarity to your own thoughts!
Do you read "My Utmost for His Highest"?