Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Facing Reality

Linus approached Charlie Brown in a comic strip and boldly asked“Charlie Brown, do you want to know what the trouble is with you?”

“No,” he answered.

“That’s the trouble with you, Charlie Brown,” screamed Linus. “You don’t want to know what the trouble is with you!”

Charlie Brown is not the only one with that problem. Few want to hear or accept the fact that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But that does not change anything.

To refuse to hear something does not mean that it was not said. And if we deny something it does not mean that it is not true. Sin is sin and it comes in all sizes and shapes, colors and containers, with many options and countless opportunities.

We all seem to have a Charlie Brown attitude. Few want to admit that we have broken God’s laws or that we have refused to follow the teachings of Jesus. But Paul said all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. That includes each and every one of us.

Denying the fact of sin will not keep us from sinning nor eliminate the penalty that comes from being disobedient to God. No one is foolish enough to believe that if they deny the reality of death, they will live forever. We must all admit and accept what is: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life!”

Prayer: Open our hearts, Father, to the truths in Your Word and reality of sin and salvation. May we look to You in faith, believing that You alone can save us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

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