I would call Transgression a “seminary word.” The average church goer might not know what this word means. It is not a word that many use on a regular basis. Transgression basically means sin but with intentionality.
We sin everyday, by what we do and by the things that we don’t do. However, there are times when people cause a transgression, that is when people intentionally sin or break the law, on purpose. This may include running a stop sign or telling a lie.
The prophet Micah says in chapter 7:
Where is the god who can compare with you—
wiping the slate clean of guilt, (transgression)
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long,
for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most.
And compassion is on its way to us.
You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.
You’ll sink our sins
to the bottom of the ocean.
You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob
and continue the compassion you showed Grandfather Abraham—
Everything you promised our ancestors
from a long time ago. (Micah 7: 18-20 The Message)
I am uncomfortable talking about transgressions because I am admitting to intentionally sinning in my life. But the reality is even though I don’t like talking about it that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
The question is, what are those secrets you don’t like to talk about? What are the things that you would rather turn a blind eye too and pretend are not there? There are things that we do in our lives that we are ashamed about and it begins to eat away at us day after day. These are the transgressions that haunt us because we know that we should not be doing certain things but we do them anyway.
The good news is that God knows what we do and God loves us anyway. Throughout the Bible there are passages that tell us that even though we sin, even though we have transgressions God forgives us and loves us and God has shown us that through Jesus.
Isaiah 53 says “5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” One of the things that Jesus did when he died on the cross was to save us from sin, to release us from our transgressions.
This relieves all my fears, worries, and feelings of guilt and shame. There is nothing that I can do to earn God’s forgiveness, it is already given to me by the sacrifice of Jesus. This is amazing and so important in the way that I live out my daily life.