Friday, February 4, 2022

Constant Compliance

“I give up!” he shouted as loudly as he could.

Turning from my computer to the door of my office, I saw a student who had been struggling to live a godly life. He was faithful in reading and studying his Bible, had a solid prayer life, and did well in his classes. I was puzzled by his comment.

“What are you giving up?” I asked.

“Well, I was reading Psalm 119:3 and I just gave up. That verse is beyond the reach of everyone. I can’t imagine who he is referring to – ‘They do no wrong but follow His ways.’ I do my best to follow His way but I still do wrong from time to time. I must not be a Christian.”

“Why don’t you sit where I am sitting and type this paragraph from this commentary? I need it for a class I’m teaching,” I asked.

He sat and began to type the long paragraph. It was not long before he finished, and we went to the “spell checker” to see how well he had done.

“Oops – there’s a mistake,” I said. “Oh my – there’s another. I wonder,” I asked, “if you made two mistakes does that mean you do not know how to spell?”

“Of course not,” came the reply. “I know how to spell. I just made two small mistakes that I didn’t mean to make. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t spell.”

“Well,” I said, “it’s also possible for one who is a Christian to commit an incidental sin from time to time and still remain a Christian. Besides, our God will forgive.”

Prayer:  Our Father, help us to keep focused on You and to follow Your ways. But if we fail, please forgive us. Then, would You help us to forgive ourselves? In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  They do no wrong but follow His ways. Psalm 119:3

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