Leviticus 5:17 Being Held Responsible

If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. Leviticus 5:17

When something good is going on, people like to be responsible for it. They like to take credit for doing good, whether it is something small or great.

On the flipside, when something negative is occurring, most people do not like to take any responsibility for it. Very few people want to admit that they did something wrong and will do everything they can to blame it on someone else or some other circumstance.

God told the people that if anyone sins against God, even if the sin was not known by the person, he will be guilty and held responsible.

Prior to being a believer, a person does not know what is or is not a sin. He is just living life in the only way he knows how to live.

Once becoming a believer, he begins to understand what sin is and does his best to avoid it. However, even as a believer, one does not always know what is a sin and what is not. As one grows and matures in the Lord, he learns more and more of what God expects of him, what is sin and what is not.

Regardless of whether one knows whether something is a sin or not, he will still be held responsible by God for his actions. Once he understands that something was a sin, he must be willing own it, instead of blaming others, and to repent of it and seek God’s forgiveness.

God is ready and willing to forgive anyone of any sins. The only way He can forgive is when the person chooses to own up to the sin and repent of it.

No matter how long you have been a believer, there will be times you will sin against God. Do not allow yourself to blame others or circumstances for your sins. No one or nothing can make you sin. It was you who chose to do the sin, not someone else.

The moment you realized that you had chosen to step into sin, change your heart and repent of it before God. He is ready to forgive you of your sins the moment you repent.

Ask God to reveal to you any hidden sins in your life and repent of them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to show you any sin in your life; that you will repent from your heart of any sin against God; and that God will strengthen you to be responsible for your choices.

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