Main Verse: Genesis 4:5

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  • What is sin?
    • The original understanding of sin was “missing the mark.”
    • There are different kinds of sin, so sin can be actions as well as thoughts.
  • Why does God hate sin?
    • God hates sin because it hurts us and separates us from Him (Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2).
  • How do we deal with sin?
    • The apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy about how to deal with sin and gave some really great advice: “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (2 Timothy 2:22).
      • RUN
      • REPLACE
      • SURROUND

Reflection Questions

  1. In what ways does viewing sin as “missing the mark” change the way you think about it?
  2. In what ways has sin created division between you and God? Between you and others?
  3. What makes it difficult to admit your sins? Is there anything that makes it easier for you to admit your sins?
  4. What are some ways to flee from the temptations and sins you deal with?
  5. How have you experienced God’s love through the forgiveness He offers when we ask for it?

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