Amazed

This is not going to come as a shock to anyone who reads this, but: I am not perfect. I screw up alot. To use the proper word, I sin. There are things I know I should do that I don’t do and things I know I shouldn’t that I do anyway. That, by definition, is sin. Maybe you are like me and have one or two really bad habits that you just can’t seem to rid yourself of. Maybe not. If not, good for you. But the Bible is pretty clear that none of us are perfect and we all have at one time or another sinned and still struggle with sin today. We are tempted and teased with what we want or think we need. I came across a verse in the Bible that talks about the severity of our sin.

“Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers-none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.”

Whoa! I do not like the implication of that verse. I am not sure why the author chose those specific sins to list. I’m assuming it was because the people he was writing to were committing those very sins, plus more. Whether you struggle with one of those listed or not, if you’ve ever done wrong, this verse applies to you. This passage doesn’t leave much room for hope because it simply says we will have no part of the Kingdom of God waiting for us. Here is the part that led me to write something. Here is the very next verse, in the very next breath the author offers the hope that this verse leaves us hungry for.

“There was a time when you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.”

Those verses come from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

I love the hope offered in verse 11. And the great part, I lose my right to share in the Kingdom of God because of my own choices, but I gain the favor of God because of Jesus Christ. I can make thousands or millions of choices that are wrong, but God loves me anyway and all I have to do is make one choice to fall into what Jesus did for me and my life takes a dramatic turn towards holiness and righteousness.

This entry is probably more for me than for you. I am so thankful for Jesus Christ and what He did when died on the cross for me.I surrender my life to you forever Jesus. I’m sorry for my sins, please forgive me. I love you. Thank You, for everything. I owe you my life.

About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just mine...so, don't get upset).
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