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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 9, 2015
Paul is referring to Psalm 14:1-3. “No one is good” means “no one is innocent.” Every person is valuable in God’s eyes because God created us in his image, and he loves us. Though valuable, we have fallen into sin. But God, through Jesus his Son, has redeemed us and offers to forgive us if we turn to him in faith.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Well, I’m not too bad. I’m a pretty good person”? Look at these verses and see if any of them apply to you. Have you ever lied? Have you ever hurt someone’s feelings by your words or tone of voice? Are you bitter toward anyone? Do you become angry with those who strongly disagree with you? In thought, word, and deed, you, like everyone else in the world, stand guilty before God. We must remember who we are in his sight—alienated sinners. Don’t deny that you are a sinner. Instead, allow your desperate need to point you toward Christ.
Some sins seem bigger than other because their obvious consequences are much more serious. Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than pride. But this does not mean that because we only commit “little” sins we deserve eternal life. All sins make us sinners, and all sins cut us off from our holy God. Don’t minimize “little” sins or overrate “big” sins. They all separate us from God, but they all can be forgiven.
Paul explains that God declares us not guilty. When a judge in a court of law declares the defendant not guilty, all the charges are removed from his record. Legally, it is as if the person had never been accused. When God forgives our sins, our record is wiped clean. From his perspective, it is as though we had never sinned. Christ purchased our freedom and the price was his life. (NLT)
Romans 3:9-24 – Well then, are we Jews better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say, “No one is good—not even one. No one has real understanding; no one is seeking God. All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one.” “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their speech is filled with lies.” “The poison of a deadly snake drips from their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “They are quick to commit murder. Wherever they go, destruction and misery follow them. They do not know what true peace is.” “They have no fear of God to restrain them.”
Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses and to bring the entire world into judgment before God. For no one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what his law commands. For the more we know God’s law, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying it.
But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight—not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.
For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.
[God our Savior] saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. – Titus 3:5 (NRSV)
Cassius Rhue’s (South Carolina) story is titled “SPEEDING TICKET;” HERE IS A PORTION OF Cassius’s story:
“. . . When I think about this incident, I am reminded of how foolish it would be for us to argue with God that we are innocent of a particular sin, knowing how guilty we are of so many others. Wouldn’t it be better for us all to ask for God’s mercy and the freedom to enjoy the privilege of relationship and the joy of life everlasting?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is merciful and hears my cries for grace.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your mercy and grace. Help us to daily confess our sins and receive your forgiveness. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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