Denney: the break in relations
Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
—James 4:17 (NIV)
In the widest sense of the word, sin, as a disturbance of the personal relations between God and man, is a violence done to the constitution under which God and man form one moral community—share, as we may reverently express it, one life, have in view the same moral ends...
No matter how sin originated, in the moral consciousness in which it has its being it is recognised as a derangement of the vital relations of man, a violation of that universal order outside of which he has no true good.
... James Denney (1856-1917), The Atonement and the Modern Mind, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903, p. 54-57 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, You are the only source of true good.
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