How the Sinner’s Prayer Grapples With the Legal System
All sins are considered equal
The Sinner’s Prayer; I never liked the title of this prayer
I had difficulty admitting that I had done wrong, let alone that I was a sinner.
I acted nice to my neighbours, friendly to my co-workers.
I didn’t murder.
I led an upstanding life.
Yeah, sure I might have told a little white lie or thought something nasty about a person I didn’t like, but that doesn’t make me a sinner.
Or does it?
God doesn’t use a scale to measure one sin against another
In His eyes, the fact that I might be envious of a rich person’s mansion is as bad as when I stole a pair of earrings as a child.
The fact that I might have lustful thoughts for a movie star is as bad as when I lied to my mom about smoking in her car.
All of these sins are considered equal.
A murder is no worse in God’s eyes than stealing. In our society, we measure sin on a scale and we strive to find a punishment to fit the crime. This is our legal system.
However, I’m not talking about human law but rather the way in which God views sin.
This realization that a sin is a sin is a sin can seem harsh
The fact is that we are all stained with a sinful nature and our sin keeps us from heaven.
However, God doesn’t leave us here.
God gave us His only son to die on the cross in our place for our past sins and our future sins.
This gives us reason to rejoice. Although we are sinners in God’s eyes, He has made a way for us to be clean and to enter into heaven.
All we need to do is say and believe the Sinner’s Prayer:
“Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. Please forgive me. I now turn from everything that I know is wrong. Thank You that You died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free. Thank You that You offer me forgiveness and the gift of Your Spirit. I now receive that gift. Please come into my life by Your Holy Spirit to be with me forever. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Amen.”
If you say and believe this prayer you can rest on the hope of salvation and God’s promise of redemption.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
(excerpt taken from Women of Strength — The Sinner’s Prayer)