deserving of death, saved by grace {thoughts on Romans 1:18-32}

No one likes to talk about sin. We’d much rather come up with our own standards of good and evil then adhere to a righteous standard established by a holy god.

The problem is, regardless of what I view as acceptable, I cannot change reality. God hates sin. We can suppress the truth all we’d like, but it doesn’t change anything. God created us to worship Him but we are continually drawn to worship ourselves and our own passions, believing the original self-serving lie of Satan that we can be as God (Genesis 3:5).

Regardless of our particular brand of temptation, we start down the road of sin feeling a little guilty because we were made in the image of God and He has implanted His truth in us. Our conscience reveals our unrighteousness to us. However, as we continue in sin, we grow accustomed to the shame that it brings and we justify and defend ourselves until we are convinced that we are not doing anything wrong.

As any loving parent would be, God is brokenhearted when we abandon Him for our own passions, but He gives us up to go our own way and lets us learn from the consequences if we will.

We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). This isn’t just a narrow-minded message for pointing fingers at the conservative Christian’s view of a “worldly” sinner. We are all sinners who in one way or another have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie” (Romans 1:25). We will all stand before our Creator, a righteous judge, and we will all be found wanting and deserving of death.

No one sin is being singled out. God’s righteousness is being singled out. His is the only truth. The good news is the story doesn’t stop here. If we are able to recognize and admit our uncleanness, He has made a way for us to be made clean. He died in our place. He was wounded and bruised for our sin. By His stripes we are healed and made right before God (Isaiah 53:4-6). This is love. What a merciful God!

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All Scriptures are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

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