When Sin Rings Our Bell

You know that ring the bell game at the carnival similar to the one in this picture? It’s the game where you have to take a mallet, hit a pivot board as hard as you can, and try to get the indicator to travel up the scale board. The harder you hit board, the better the chance it has of moving all the way up the scale and ringing the bell at the top.

We often respond to sin much like this game. We carry around with us these mental scale boards in our head and we often judge the severity of the sin simply by how far up the scale the sin climbs. Did it ring the bell or not?

If the sin doesn’t appear to harm anyone, then it doesn’t travel very far up the scale and we sometimes ignore it. No harm done. But if the sin does extensive damage, it travels up our scale board and rings our bell.

ding ding ding!

We love to rank sin. Sometimes we do it and we are not even aware we are doing it. This one is forgivable. This one is not. This one rings our bell. That one does not.

We tend to forget, that God doesn’t weigh sin in our lives like this. The sin that barely moves up the scale disgusts him just as much as the sin that shoots to the top of the scale.

What about you? Do you tend to forgive or not forgive someone by the severity of their sin?

Think not of the sinner, or of the greatness of his sin, but think of the greatness of the Savior!”

~ Charles Spurgeon

7 thoughts on “When Sin Rings Our Bell

  1. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen – what a lovely quote. And I agree with you, there are some things that we think we can justify. But in the sight of the Lord, a sin is a sin. Great post and great reminder to see things God's way.
    God bless

  2. Jenifer

    Great post. Sin is sin, period. Whether it is eating too much until we are sick or stealing. Sin is sin. I pray I am always able to forgive regardless of the sin.

  3. Lisa

    "The sin that barely moves up the scale disgusts him just as much as the sin that shoots to the top of the scale." This is a truth that is often overlooked. My little white lie is as worthy of death as murder. Sin is sin. But God forgives me and expects me to forgive others. Great word!

  4. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Great analogy, and a poignant example of how we try to fit God's plans for us into our own limited parameters. Sin is sin, and we need to work diligently to keep sight of that.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  5. Tiffini

    guilty…there are times when reading words like these and they remind me of the daily struggle of my flesh and spirit…always waging war! yes..His ultimate plan…the Savior..Jesus!

  6. Anonymous

    So very, very true Eileen! Both in terms of how we judge others' sin, and our own. Confession is indeed good for the soul, but as you said, I think we often tend to forget or downplay the "little", non-bell-ringing sins in our life when we go into confession. And then we can't stop there. Confession in only the beginning. Repentance must follow. David had it going on in this area. He is our example of true, heart-felt confession and repentance. After all, he WAS the man after God's own heart. Thanks for the reminder Eileen! I needed it!!


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