Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
when you already have it with you.
Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
For the Lord detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
He mocks proud mockers
but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame
(Proverbs 3:27-35, New International Version)
I was doing my Bible reading and thought I’d leave it there. It was a fairly difficult passage from the gospel of Luke. Sometimes, I’m stuck in a hard place, but tying to get out of it; but in the end, it’s easier to come back to that passage another day.
One of things I’ve learnt from reading the Bible is that everyone is equal because they are made in God’s image, everyone. Another thing I’ve learnt is that human beings also fall short of the glory of God. Not in terms of being under God, as being under God is where we all stand, irrespective of being fallen or not, but in terms of having an inclination to be off-side God through the Fall. So, how do we even out the void between us and God, as we all fall short of the glory of God? How can we make ourselves right with God? We can’t. On our own, we can’t rely on our God-given goodness to level it out. But we can rely on Jesus to even out the void between us and God and make us whole. That’s what I found, that in confessing to God my short-comings (my ‘sins’) that make me broken and fragile before God, I have well-being and wholeness, because Jesus heals me from my sins and sows up the void between me and God.
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I’m no biblical scholar or bachelor of divinity, but I am open to God and the Bible, and I try to read the Bible as it is. (Some have called me a theologian and scholar though, but unofficial.) I have read in the Bible that Jesus existed to save people from their sins. But why do Christians still sin? As has been said many a time, one needs to define sin so that one’s hearers understand what is meant by sin and why Jesus came to save people from it. So, for the purposes for this post, I think it is helpful to define sin simply. Sin is an action that displeases God to the extent that God finds it repugnant and can’t be tolerated. Sin’s worse than you and I think. But Jesus Christ came to save people from their sins. But why do people who believe in Jesus still sin? When someone believes in Jesus that should put an end to sin in their lives, shouldn’t it?
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