“The LORD said to Moses, Say to the Israelites: When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands–” Leviticus 4:1-2
As God is giving Moses the directions for the different sacrifices required, one of them is for sinning unintentionally. This is a sin where a person accidently slips up and sins, rather than a premeditated sin. God goes into some great detail as to what can be sacrificed and how to go about it in the verses following.
People will sin. It is a part of the human life since the fall of Adam. Every person has inherited the desire to sin against God. Each person wants to do his/her own thing and not allow God into the picture.
Most people think of sin as only doing things that God commanded not to do in the Bible or just those “bad” things, like murder and stealing. However, doing anything that God does not want you to do is a sin. This can include doing good things that God has told you not to do.
A lot of people will have a problem with that last statement. How can something good be a sin? It is because God has not told you to do it.
In this way, these can be sins that are unintentional. You did not mean to do those as a sin, but it still was a sin.
God offers forgiveness for it. In the Old Testament it was a process of offering the correct animal for sacrifice, and having it sacrificed in the proper way. If the process was not followed correctly, the sacrifice was not accepted and the person was not forgiven.
Today, forgiveness is found in Jesus. Before you can be forgiven though, there is a process that must be followed. You must go before Jesus and ask for that forgiveness. You must also believe that He will forgive you. You must believe in His death and resurrection.
Take out any of the parts of the process, and you may not be forgiven.
Whenever you find yourself having done some sin, immediately seek God and His forgiveness. Turn from your sins and start to follow God again.
God is not seeking to destroy you, but to forgive you and help you live for Him. Don’t stay in your sin. Accept Jesus.
I pray today that you will know Jesus personally; that you will know the forgiveness He offers you; that you will seek the forgiveness of Jesus; and that God will help you turn from all sin.