Good Morning April 17

Gandhi made the remark that he liked our Christ, but he didn’t like Christians. I’m afraid this has some truth to it. As I wrote yesterday, Christians don’t live the life perfectly. We are hypocrites. We do bad things, but that only proves a central truth of our Christian faith. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) The world hates the word sin, but it is very real and is in every one of us. The glory of God, or to put it another way, the perfect nature of Jesus Christ, is our standard for life. We all fall short. That is sin. The Apostle Paul further tells is that the “wages of sin is death.”(Romans 6:23) Each and every human being deserves eternal separation from God. The Christian Gospel, the Good News, declares that God paid the penalty for our sins in the atonement made by Jesus on a Roman cross. We have sinned and we do sin, but we have forgiveness and a new beginning available. This is not an excuse, or a free ride to do what we please. When we realize what our sin – our evil tongue, our judgmentalism, our lustful thoughts, our temper, impatience, and all the rest that are contrary to our Lord’s nature and will for us – we are brought to our knees in humble repentance. With Christ’s forgiveness, we desire to change our lives, and not offend Him again. Yes, Christians are sinful, but by the grace of God and the work of the Holy Spirit within us, we do grow in grace, and in more pure service to others.