I believe that most people want to be good. Seriously, no one want to be thought of as bad. And I don’t mean “bad” as in bad to the bone, everyone wants to be that! I mean, no one wants to be known as a thief, a liar, an adulterer, a murderer, lazy, dirty, or a butthole. Then why do we do bad things?!? Wouldn’t life be so much more simple if we would just choose to do the right thing?!
It seems like I can be good…for a little while! I’ll be truckin’ along on a “good” streak, then next thing you know, I’ve lost my temper and cussed someone out, or stretched the truth about something, ( geez! I would never really lie!) or skipped out on my time with God to look at Facebook knowing that I’m sacrificing my relationship with Him just to be nosey! Not to mention I could actually be sacrificing the well being of my loved ones! I know full well that if I don’t get my Jesus time first thing in the mornings, I’m ill as a dang hornet the rest of the day! Then WHY is it SO hard sometimes to do the right thing?! SIN. That’s why!
Every single one of us is born a sinner. No one has to teach us how to lie or cheat, or how to manipulate people! That stuff comes natural to humans! Our hearts are just naturally wicked. Here’s the thing. God knew from the get-go that we’d be ridiculously hard to deal with. He knew we’d need a Savior! And, He loved us, stubborn, wicked people, enough to send His only Son to die for our sins! Now that’s love!
You’d think that just knowing, that God loves us so much, would be incentive enough to be good, but satan is clever and our flesh is weak! That’s precisely why we have to stay focused! And we don’t need to focus on being good! We simply need to focus on Jesus! We need to read His word and surround ourselves with like minded people. We need to strengthen our faith by choosing to trust Him even when things seem impossible and even when things don’t go our way! We need to share what God’s done for us with the lost so that they’ll want to get to know Jesus. We need to put pride aside and not be afraid to admit when we mess up. And when we do mess up, we need to learn to accept God’s grace! Yes, sometimes we will face consequences for our mistakes. That doesn’t mean that we’re not forgiven! However, we should never waste our time (or God’s) trying to avoid consequences, or beating ourselves up when we face them! (Thanks Gresh for that awesome sermon yesterday!) We just need to use what we’re going through to minister to others, so that God gets the glory! Knowing that, no matter how other people may see us, and no matter how big of a mess we’ve made, nothing’s too big for God to handle and when we ask for forgiveness, we’re forgiven and free!
We’re given the tools we need not to sin! We only need to use them. We’re given enough grace to face the consequences when we do mess up! We simply need to accept it! God forgives! We just need to believe it! And then we need to share all that we’ve experienced with others to encourage and to build faith and trust in Jesus!!
they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” John 8: 4-5
And as they continued to ask him, Jesus stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8: 10-11