It strikes me that nowhere in the gospels do You speak directly about the nature of sin; nor do You mention the “fall” and what we call “original sin.”Yet Your whole life was about negating the effects of what we call “sin.” So, while not speaking specifically about sin, what You did speak about was love and forgiveness. In hindsight the impression this leaves is that You and the Father are vastly more concerned with love and forgiveness than with sin. The extension of that into our own lives is that we should be the same way.
If the dance of our lives is nothing but side-steps, ducks, and dodges we can never embrace You and move with You to the music. The heart that longs to do this and wants to help others do it is far more precious to You than the scrupulous maneuvers of the tactician whose only goal is to avoid sin.
You know that sin is an unavoidable part of the human condition, a flaw, as it were, in our very nature – a flaw that is inconsequential in the face of not only thelove and forgiveness we receive but in the love and forgiveness we bear in our hearts. You brought not condemnation but mercy and Your life is our model. If we love You and others we will not do things that separate us from that love; but when we do these things or when they are done to us love and forgiveness carry us on. You came, as You said, not to the righteous but to sinners – for in sinners is the great need to see the light, to be forgiven and loved.
Our dance is filled with missteps and stepping on Your toes as well as the toes of others, but the answer is not to get off the dance floor and become a wall- flower of self-pity, but to continue the dance and ignore our lack of grace and rhythm.