Posts tagged gift of peace
I was looking at it and thought to myself….”Pretty car! Man, I wish I had that!”, as I typed a comment saying, “Looks Great Chris, Merry Christmas”
You have to admit, its a pretty car!
Why am I telling you this. Well, got me thinking about sin.
My bible tells me in Exodus 20:17
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant,
nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
We all sin. Every single one of us.
How do we know what sin is?
God has written on everyone’s heart a conscience. That little voice inside you that tells you the difference between right and wrong.
14 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.”
Whether we ignore our accusing conscience or not is up to us. Some people get quite good at ignoring it, or the self accusing guilt that comes with it.
Some People will even say to justify peoples actions…That guy has no conscience…well he does, we all do.
Some people like to look at sins as BIG sins and small sins
They will start to compare sins, saying Killing is worse than not Honoring your mother and father
Or Wishing you had your neighbors Camero is not as bad as Stealing
or “Its only a white lie…its ok”
They will bring sin down to a manageable level.
Then they can say the famous last words. “Ill be ok, Im a good person deep down. Im going to heaven”
This is called Self Justification
Let me quote something I found that really nails this point:
“At the heart of all sin is a lie. The lie says to all of us in our sin, “The act you are now doing, the desire or attitude you are now feeling is not very bad because there are much worse things, not very bad because everyone else experiences the same things, not very bad because you can’t help it, not very bad because there is no God, or, if that won’t work, God knows you are but frail and weak and he will tolerate and pity your sin.” There are a thousand distortions of the truth which sin brings with it into the human heart, so that Jeremiah cries out, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?” (17:9).”
Well, We are all sinners, I committed “coveting” just this morning, with my friends Camero
That sin is just as bad as killing someone in Gods eye
Jesus drove this point home in Mathew 5:21-22
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’
22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
Sin is Sin. Nothing subjective about it, and its wages are death.
Meaning, it will cause death in your life.
(Take that statement as deep as you want)
If you are reading this and feeling guilty about something….
Say “Hello” to your conscience for me!
However, let me start telling you the Good News about all of this
1. God has reconciled all sins: mine, yours, even that guy on death row!
2. God will Justify you by his Grace If you believe what Jesus did
3. Jesus handled the issue of sin for us in one fell swoop all we have to believe in him
4. Once you believe in what Jesus did and receive the Holy Spirit. God no longer sees your sin.
God Loves us so much that he did this for us. God is not at war with man or sin anymore.
When Jesus was born, Angels Announced:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
Its all handled, God is not keeping track of your sins, He is not checking his list, or checking it twice. whether you been naughty or nice
The only thing God is looking at is whether you accept, and believe that Jesus handled this
I didn’t deserve it, Either do you.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus at his word….what are you waiting for?
God is waiting for you with open loving arms. He will meet you right where you are, no matter what you have done or havent done.
Once you do He will give you life and purpose and joy.
The one thing that seems to be missing in so many Christians lives… PEACE.
Why? We all face trials, challenges and heartaches, but why do so many believers live as though Jesus never said, “My peace I leave with you… NOT as the world gives.”
How do we have that peace when everything around us seems to be falling apart?