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Your Sin Sucks


Jeremiah 2

Some of us grew up in sanitized church. We put on our ties or dresses, threw on our best happy-face masks, and pretended for an hour or two that everything was perfect.  We’d been taught that church was not a place for our messes, and most of us expected others to leave their messes at home as well.  

Courteous Christianity ruled the day, and reality took a back seat to whatever image we thought we were supposed to project. The result of this sterilized version of Christianity was a group of people who were either unable or unwilling to address sin in one another’s lives.  Fear of stepping on another person’s toes took the power a group of believers are designed to have.

One of the core values of NewSpring is “You can’t do life alone.” But why? Sometimes I like to be alone. Why can’t we just retreat to a bedroom, closet, or cave and ignore life for a while?  The answer is in the Bible.  

Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” When we carry one another’s burdens, we live as we’re called to in Scripture. We have different struggles at different times. We need others to challenge us, and we need to be able to challenge them. 

Sometimes we simply need to be told lovingly but bluntly that our sin is not an acceptable part of the Christian life. That’s what God told Jeremiah to do in Jeremiah 2. We are so quick to run to the comforts of our old idols: the envy, the addiction, or the resentment that pulls us away from the Lord. God takes sin seriously and commands us to challenge one another when sin shows up.


  • Do I have someone in my life willing to bring my sin to my attention?
  • Is there someone I need to lovingly address a sin issue with?
  • If your life is lacking accountability, your next step might be joining a NewSpring Group. Sign up or learn more here.

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