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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, November 19, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Where there is no law, there is no sin, because people cannot know that their actions are sinful unless a law forbids those actions. God’s law makes people realize that they are sinners doomed to die, yet it offers no help. Sin is real, and it is dangerous. Imagine a sunny day at the beach. You plunge into the surf; then you notice a sign on the pier: “No swimming. Sharks.” Your day is ruined. Is it the sign’s fault? Are you angry with the people who put it up? The law is like the sign. It is essential, and we are grateful for it—but it doesn’t get rid of the sharks. (NLT)
Romans 7:7-13 – Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is evil? Of course not! The law is not sinful, but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin took advantage of this law and aroused all kinds of forbidden desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.
I felt fine when I did not understand what the law demanded. But when I learned the truth, I realized I had broken the law and was a sinner, doomed to die. So the good law, which was supposed to show me the way of life, instead gave me the death penalty. Sin took advantage of the law and fooled me; it took the good law and used it to make me guilty of death. But still, the law itself is holy and right and good.
But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my doom? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commandment for its own evil purposes.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23 (NIV)
Marqueta Reedy-Engle (Ohio) titled her story “DOING GOOD;” here is a portion of Marqueta’s story:
“When my daughter was two or three years old . . . When she got into trouble, she would start crying and loudly repeating, ‘I want to be good.’ I was intrigued by her response.
“Paul wrote to the Romans about the same problem. . . . Paul wanted to do good. He knew what was expected of him and worked to be an example to other people. But it was not easy. He was human and imperfect.
“We are also meant to be examples. We know what is expected of us; but because of sin, doing good is not easy. God knows we are weak and gives us grace so that we are forgiven when we fall short. When we read the Bible for guidance and pray for forgiveness, God will bless us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – With God’s help, I can “be good.”
Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to do good, but sometimes temptation overcomes us. Please guide us and give us strength to follow you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR THE GIFT OF GRACE
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