Your Sin Breaks God's Heart

Your Sin Breaks God's Heart

by Dan Neighbors

We are now 4 weeks into the Gospel Project. We have seen the power, creativity, and majesty of God in creation (Genesis 1). Only God, the Creator and King, could create the vast universe as we see it today. Then we took a glimpse at God’s creation of human beings. We were formed by hand from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:5-9), and we were made in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1:26-28), unique from every other creation. Being created in the image of God, we had purpose — to bear the image of God with our life (Genesis 1:28-31) through a personal relationship with the Creator. This relationship would be our source of joy & strength as we fulfill His commands to multiply and fill the earth as we seek to care for it.

This was God’s desire and plan from the beginning. God didn’t need a relationship with His creation, but He desired it and made it possible! God loves us and gave us everything we needed to succeed on earth. Still, we allowed sin to creep in causing us to doubt God’s plan. We took our eyes off of God and focused our attention on self. Ultimately, we lost sight of our purpose and our Creator and sought to find fulfillment within ourselves.

As I think about God’s beautiful purpose and plan for my life, it makes me stop and think, “What does God think about my sin?” The human race has sufficiently abandoned God and the relationship in order to pursue sin and self. When God first saw this take place, what was He thinking? Check out Genesis 6:5-6.

"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.'"

It says that the Lord saw the wickedness of man, and it grieved Him to his heart. Our sin grieved the Creator of the Universe! God gave us so much including Himself, a relationship with the Almighty Creator, and we threw it away in pursuit of ourselves, created things. We broke off our relationship with God, and it broke His heart! Your sin, my sin, Adam & Eve’s sin breaks God’s heart! Every choice to not believe the truth, worship things, or act selfishly grieves our heavenly Father. It’s not that our sinful choices surprised God or caught Him off guard, but rather that He was saddened by our choice to leave Him for other things. God desires a perfect relationship with us, and it breaks His heart when we don’t!

So what do we do with this truth? When I take the time to actually think about how my sin affects my God, it should break my heart as well. But does it? Why not? Here are three things to help us properly view our relationship with God in light of our sin.

1 — Be honest about your sin. Many times we are so consumed with ourselves that we don’t even recognize that we are living in sin. We have grown accustomed to living life without God and sin doesn’t really seem to affect us that much. A person that pursues God in His word and is impacted by our holy Creator will have to deal with their sin. That’s hard. Thats probably why we avoid God altogether and bury ourselves in work, family, hobbies, and entertainment. Instead, let’s meet God face to face in His word and allow Him to show us our sin. There is nothing better than seeking a holy God and understanding his commands in scripture to open our eyes to our sin (Galatians 3:19-22).

2 — Fight Sin. Once we recognize the sin that is plaguing our life and breaking the heart of God, we must eradicate it in order to pursue a relationship with God. Just knowing that you’re a sinner isn’t enough. You must say no to sin (Romans 6:12-14)! Decide you’re not going to sit back and allow sin to control you. Pray and ask God for strength and wisdom to fight sin. Soak each day in God’s word for the help and weapons to fight (Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 6)! Make a practical plan to avoid temptation (Romans 13:14)! Ask your church community to help you and keep you accountable (Hebrews 3:13)! Remember, in Christ you no longer have to live for sin (Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:3; Galatians 5:24)!

3 — Remember, God is working to mend your broken relationship! God didn’t just give up and throw in the towel after we broke the relationship. He was saddened, grieved, and has to punish sin; but God is still pursuing us to reestablish that relationship. Even though we were consumed with self, enslaved to sin, and deserving of death; God who is rich in grace and mercy has mended that relationship through Jesus! We can fight sin. We can know God. We can fulfill our purpose through our Savior, Jesus Christ!

As you consider the thoughts above, here are a few resources to help you better worship God this week:  

13 Practical Steps To Kill Sin [Desiring God Article]

The Story of Noah [Gospel Project Kids Video]  

Six Truths About God’s Wrath [Sermon Highlight from John Piper]

  What is transgression? [Bible Project Word Study]

The Effort Needed to Fight Sin [Look At The Book by John Piper]

God’s Promises [Kids Worship Song]

Mercy is More [A Worship Song by Shane & Shane]

1 Comment

Moku - April 15th, 2024 at 8:26pm


I am a child of our dear most gracious merciful righteous HEAVENLY FATHER the SON JESUS an of the HOLY SPIRIT. (3in1)...

I met this man whom the LORD has shown me to believe is 1-of-a-kind thru a praying hand pendant.

However, so this man asks me a question ?

Who Made The First Sin? In response i say Adam/Eve.

He says NO....

So my question to You after reading this article of your website yourself having Wisdom, Knowledge, an Understanding in which the Bible is written, read, spoken

WHY IS SINS SO FORGIVEN? (except for blasphemy)