1 Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
The scripture clearly identifies two categories of sin: sins against the Lord and sins against man (Exodus 10:16; 1 Samuel 2:25). It is important to note that every sin against man is also a sin against the Lord. Yet, every sin against the Lord is not necessarily a sin against man. The Bible confirms this truth when it says, “when ye sin so against the brethren . . . ye sin against Christ.” (1 Corinthians 8:12). When a man sins against other men, he sins against man’s Creator. For this reason, He is not only accountable to make that sin right with the Lord but also with the man against whom he has sinned. As for the wronged individual, he should be ready to forgive those who have sinned against him (Matthew 18:21-22).
• (For children): Saul’s persecution of others was also against Christ (Acts 9:1-5). Read the prodigal son’s confession to his father (Luke 15:21). Stephen forgave his enemies (Acts 7:59-60). Joseph forgave his brothers (Genesis 50:15-21). What can we learn from these events?
• (For everyone): Have you wronged others without trying to make it right? Is it worth hindering your walk with God because you refuse to make things right with others?
• Have you been wronged by others? Do you pray for them and, more specifically, their walk with God? Would you be willing to forgive them as Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32)?
• Ask the Lord to show you if you have sinned against others.
• Ask God for the courage to make things right.
SONG: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS