Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you, guys!
Man does not like to admit that his sinfulness and rebellion are at the heart of the problems of society. He's much more comfortable discussing imperfections, weaknesses, mistakes, and errors in judgment. These terms are socially acceptable, and almost everyone identifies with them. But an outright acknowledgment of guilt before a holy God, a 100-percent acceptance of responsibility for wrong- doing, runs against the grain. Yet this kind of honesty is the first step to the freedom from sin and guilt that God longs to give us and has provided in the death of Christ.
The story is told that one day Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, visited a prison and talked with each of the inmates. There were endless tales of innocence, of misunderstood motives, and of exploitation. Finally the king stopped at the cell of a convict who remained silent. "Well," remarked Frederick, "I suppose you are an innocent victim too?" "No, sir, I'm not," replied the man. "I'm guilty and deserve my punishment." Turning to the warden, the king said, "Here, release this rascal before he corrupts all these fine innocent people in here!"
This is the way it works with ourselves and God; As long as we profess our innocence, or blame our parents, or our environment, or our dis-advantaged situation, or our genetic makeup which caused us to be 'born this way', we will continue to rot in the ruin of our own sinfulness. When we realize and admit, however, that we are SINNERS, and that it is US that is at fault, he lifts us out of the cesspool of our own making!
Proverbs 28:13 (KJV);
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
1 John 1:8-9 (KJV);
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
May God bless each one of us with perfect vision for self-examination.
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