Are you a sinner? The obvious answer is yes. It is why we need to pray daily for God’s continuing forgiveness. The difference is their are sinners and their are sinners. In fact Christ called the righteous sinners if they were not teachable. To truly grow in righteousness a person would want to learn from God’s Word each day.
In Luke 15 we see God loves the sinner who repents and greater love goes to those repenting of greater sin. In this example lies our message for forgiveness. We also need to forgive, as God has, those guilty of great sin if TRULY repentant.
The problem is some sinners are not repentant and so God gives them over to their sin which is a punishment in and of itself. Every aspect of a sinners life including physical, emotional and mental becomes subject to sin. A sinner then is hostile to God (Jude 15) always scheming something wicked (Psalm 26:9-10).
Like the tax collector Christ mentions in Luke 18:13 most sinners are conscious of their sin but rather than repent want to pull others into their sinful ways. The end result to be PUNISHMENT FOR ALL ETERNITY.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: All sinners should seek salvation through our Savior.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Luke 5:32 “Christ came to redeem sinners”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I seek Your forgiveness.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What is involved in being truly righteous?
- How can your sin also be your punishment?
- How are sinners hostile to God?
- What is eternal punishment?
Society today seems to have taken a turn for the worse in the area of allegiance. Be it allegiance to God, our country, our marriages or any other contract we enter into. We desecrate our flag, we apologize for our nation and we abandon our commitments to friends and spouses. What factors play in to this most are the 3 elements of money, power and sexual desire. We see this in the lifestyles and remarks that come from those most closely tied to these areas such as Wall Street, Politics, and Hollywood. This flows over into our personal lives where those elements endanger not only our personal relationships but most importantly our relationship with our Lord God. It must be understood that no one is without sin. We are told that in scripture and certainly all of us are tempted but there is an answer and that answer is found in the steps to salvation where one of the steps is cleansing and confession. There once was a time when we would confess on our knees in our church’s. Now our arrogance often does not only keep us off our knees but out of our churches. The result is that many will fall short of the final step in salvation which is forgiveness and restoration. All of us need spiritual cleansing; in fact we are commanded to (2 Cor. 7:1). It happens with our confession and continuing to walk in the light of God (1 John 1:7,9). May we do so this day and always. Then we can truly say we are born again into the likeness of our creator.
TODAYS READING: Psalm 51:10 “need for cleansing”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Water without the blood of Jesus does not cleanse
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: Lord cleanse me so I am in harmony with you
WITNESS OPPORTUNITY: Ask someone if they ever felt dirty emotionally