MISSING THE MARK

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“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23 ESV

Many times in our christian devotion, we experience highs and lows. When this happens, we may react in one or two ways.

First, at our high points, we may find ourselves boasting in our good works and unconsciously discarding our need for God’s grace. In times like this, we should remember that grace is only as valuable as we reckon our need for it. We must never forget that we are saved by grace and not by our works.

The other reaction is comparing our shortcomings to those of others during our low points. This reaction is sometimes borne out of ignorance, cultural expectations and religiosity.

Our anchor scripture tells us that all have sinned. The word ‘sin’ means to ‘miss the mark.’ Religiosity seeks to gauge sins; it is more concerned about who missed the mark more or whose sin is more grievous than the other. In this light, there is no need to make comparisons.

It is, therefore, unnecessary to rate the consequences of a sexual sin higher than other kinds of sin based on cultural expectations. The word of God, which is our ultimate guide, frowns at all kinds of sin. (1 Corinthians 6:15,18 ESV)

Dear believer, we all need grace and it is humility to reckon that you need the salvation that God offers in Christ as much as the next person. Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether you feel high or low in your Christian devotion, God’s grace is available for you at all times.

Tomorrow, we’ll examine how to respond to sin the Bible way.

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 7:24-37, 1 Corinthians 12: 14-31, Psalms 89:1-18, Judges 16.

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