“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you – I, whom you have redeemed.” Psalm 71:23
OK. We have been back in school for nearly two weeks now. I am sure you have heard your students say more than once, “But, I didn’t know I had to…, or “I didn’t mean to.” Perhaps, we have caught ourselves uttering the same statements recently. What if we take action on the basis of mistaken facts, is this alright? And, if we error on the basis of naivety, is this acceptable?
The answer as you all well know is simply, “No!” A sin is a sin even if committed unintentionally or unknowingly. God reminds us in Romans, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Sin is serious and separates us from God. God hates sin! God gave the Israelites and us His Commandments out of love and as a guide for Christian living. Our loving Father emphasizes obedience and the consequences of disobedience (our sin) to instill in our hearts and minds that every impure thought, word, and deed has spiritual consequences. But there is hope! Much hope for the believer in Jesus Christ.
For Paul didn’t stop with Romans 3:23 but continued on with Romans 24, “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Because of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, we have been bought back and remain heirs of His kingdom. And as we struggle with temptation, we can turn to Jesus for help, strength, and comfort. And when we stumble, Jesus is right there to befriend us.
Stress and teach constantly about the Gospel of Jesus each day, every day!