Now if a person sins and does any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment. – Leviticus 5:17
In Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-23), the man was convinced that he had a perfect record of obedience before God. Of course, when Jesus asked him to give up his wealth, he sadly departed.
There is a tendency within each person to lower God’s standard to such an extent that it might be attained by his or her own righteousness. The problem with that desire is that God’s standard of righteousness is beyond human comprehension, it is transcendent and extends beyond that which we know to do. Before God, we are even accountable for the sins that escape our immediate awareness. Even if your life’s aim were to be utterly and completely righteous, you would fail.
The only cure for our sinfulness is God’s grace. The only path to sinless perfection is in Christ Jesus.
Sin wouldn’t be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately. – Unknown
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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