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Passage of the Week – January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
They did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 6:15 NASB)

Does this apply to you? Do you experience shame for sin or are you so calloused against it you feel little to no shame? I know that there are times when I look back on a sinful thought, word, or action and realize that I felt little to no remorse for it.  It is easy to become this way when we are confronted with all the temptations and trials of this world. It really does not matter whether you are inside or outside Christ. It is easy to get used to sin. 

This is the normal state of non-Christians. Those who are unaware of their sin do not feel it’s sting because they have become numb to it. This is why preaching the gospel is often so difficult. People don’t feel the burden of their sin and don’t like being told they have it. It takes a working of the Spirit of God to slice through the thick calloused skin and expose the flesh to the horrors of its own condition. This is the first step in salvation. A knowing of one’s own status as a sinner. 

Unfortunately it does not end for those who are in Christ. We still struggle against the sin nature that is within us. With that struggle sometimes we lose and can become used to a sin. This is why it is important to constantly remind yourself of the gospel. Remember that Christ paid for all your sins, even those you haven’t committed yet. 

Do not misunderstand. This is not a license to sin. Rather, it serves as a reminder of the price Jesus paid for your sins and can help in times of temptation. It can also help prevent the callus from forming and keep you sensitive to your sin. 

Remember always that you are a great sinner and that Christ is a greater Savior. He is better at saving than you are at sinning. 

God bless. 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 31, 2014 9:31 pm

    I have the HCSB and love it but I’m looking to buy a study bible for my mom and so far she seems to like the NLV so just wondering if this is a reliable translation

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