Last night at my Stephan Ministries gathering, we talked about sinners. I thought a lot about what it means to be a sinner. I know that I commit sins, but I have never thought of myself as a sinner. If you lie, are you a liar? If you kill a bug, are you a murderer? If you take a pen from the hotel desk, are you a thief?
If you sin, are you a sinner?
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
For ALL have sinned. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He knows what is in our heart. He knows who we are better than we know ourselves. He created us, gave us free will, and waits for us to return to him. He waits for us to ask for forgiveness.
Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
He has already given us the what we need. Christ already died so that we may live. It is right there in front of us, we just have to accept it. If we confess that we are sinners, ask for forgiveness and accept Him into our hearts and into our lives, we will be given eternal life.
So if it sounds so simple, why do we fight it? Why do we continue to fall short of all that we can be? Why do we continue to push God out of our everyday life? Why do we continue to sin?
Today, I am going to ask for forgiveness…..again. I am going to confess my sins…..again. And I am going to be forgiven….again. I hope you do the same.
Gracious and loving God,
Everyday we do things that we know are wrong. Everyday we do things that do not honor you. Everyday we hurt you. Please forgive us for all of those things, large and small. We thank you for giving us a fresh start every time we come before you. We thank you for Jesus, who suffered death to give us life.
In Your name,