Do We Take It For Granted?

I’ve been pondering a matter. What does the average Christian really think about sin today? Is it possible that we just accept the reality of its existence and go on about our business with little concern? After all, it’s a fact of life so we just have to live with it. Do we? Should we? All too often, when we have a reminder about sin in our own lives, we excuse it with something like this: “I know, I should not have done this, but I’m only human.” Or is the problem that we have seen so much of it in the media, in friends and family and out in the world that we have lost our sense of how evil sin actually is? When was the last time you and I grieved over sin? Have we fervently prayed for victory over sin in our own lives? In fact, how can we pray fervently, if we have just learned to live with it? Let me add another area of concern. Could people be hindered from coming to Jesus because of a lack of conviction for sin? Sin cost Jesus deep grief, loneliness, rejection, insults, excruciating pain and more. He was persecuted, betrayed, tortured, taunted, wounded and horribly murdered. That’s what sin did to Him! Sin cost the spiritual and physical death of the entire human race. The only possible way that we could be salvaged was Jesus’ death on the Cross! Our sin nailed Him there! Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” presents a vivid plea: “Tell of the cross where they nailed Him, writhing in anguish and pain; tell of the grave where they laid Him, tell how He liveth again! Love, in that story so tender, clearer than ever I see; stay, let me weep while you whisper — Love paid the ransom for me!” He did that for you; for me, for whosoever will! The loving voice of God has been heard down through the centuries: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18)! Selah! Sin is so criminal that it requires the death penalty! Jesus paid that penalty in full and He offers release from condemnation for all who own their sin and turn to Him as their Savior and Lord. In the light of such love and grace, let us never lose sight of “the exceeding sinfulness of sin.”  Ron

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