What are Sins of Omission?
That’s easy – Sins of Omission are the things you didn’t do because you forgot, or because you didn’t get around to it; or because you were just plain lazy; or worse, didn’t want to!
- Why are they Sins?
Case in point: Last Sunday Betty came back to church after 6 weeks in hospital, and didn’t get one hug! She had been really looking forward to getting back to her church family, and swapping notes, and sharing her experience, but for various reasons, nobody actually made contact. (My excuse: I was setting up the sound system!). As a result she fled the service, convinced that nobody loved her.
- Neglect as a Sin
This was terrible, and made us feel quite guilty when we all realised what had happened. You can see for yourself why our neglect was a sin. I was looking forward to catching up after the service, but that was too late. We have to do things WHEN we are prompted, and not put them off until it is “convenient” to us. Consider the Scripture for this:
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance ………….
and so on, and so on; and the time to do something is right now when it pops into your head.
- The Still, Small Voice
It is my belief that the Holy Spirit of God speaks to us by that “still, small voice” in our heads, and it is the FIRST thing we hear that is from God. The SECOND thing, and the third and so on, is our subconscious, usually offering several rationalizations about why we ought NOT to do it. Obey that first inner prompting, you will be hearing from God and you will likely cut down dramatically on your sins of omission.
- Obedience to God
Listening to and obeying that inner voice is the key too to knowing what God wants us to do. When we ask Him a question in the form of; “Oh Lord, what am I to do here?”. The FIRST thing that pops up will be the spiritual answer. As in the sentence above, the next thing that pops up will likely be one or more reasons not to do it. You can bet that those negative reasons are from the subconscious, and are our selfish reasons NOT to obey. The scripture promise is that the Holy Spirit will be in us, so there is no time lag from asking a question to getting the answer. Mostly the answer is there before we have finished forming the question. If we can form the habit of instant obedience, then we are more likely to stop those “sins of omission“.