Confessing our sins can be a real challenge: often we do not even know that we have committed sins until far after we have committed them. Pride, one of the 7 deadly sins, is often difficult to get past. Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong and because of pride or the fear of embarrassment refused to ask for forgiveness? I have learned that quickly apologizing when and asking forgiveness makes all parties feel better. It helps you recognize when you have sinned as well. The Lord will always forgive you, but you must knock on His door. It does not happen the other way around. The choice is yours.
We often measure ourselves up to others. Are they better or worse than me? Should I look up to them, them to me, or are we equals? These thoughts are not necessary. Submit to your elders, but above all have humility. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, tall or short, etc., you are to be humble and interact with others in a humble way. God gives grace to those who are humble. Ditch your pride for the sake of the gospel.
Psalms 55:22 (KJV) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Luke 6:48 (KJV) He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
Revelation 14:13 (KJV) And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2 Corinthians 4:9 (KJV) Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Psalms 119:143 (KJV) Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
John 3:16 is easily the most well known, and probably the most well-loved verse in all the Bible. It is in some way a summary of the whole of Scripture, and certainly a summary of the Gospel. Here we see God’s great love for a fallen world, such that he gave his only Son to die on Calvary’s cross. And the purpose is stated to be so that anyone who believes in Jesus would not perish but have eternal life. John 3:17 then begins by denying that God sent his Son to condemn the world, but asserts it was in fact to save it. Many of the Jews thought that Messiah would come to bless Israel but to judge the Gentile world. But here we see Jesus die to save Jew and Gentile alike.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Always have the Lord’s name ready to tell others your reasons for hope. Always. However, it is important to remember what the Bible tells us in James 4:10 : “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ” Do not use the Lord’s name with arrogance or aggression. Be meek and gentle when using his name, as the Lord did when he sent Jesus Christ to earth.
Pray of the Day
Lord, we know that you do not fail in any of your purposes. Your purpose was to save an elect people from all nations, Jew and Gentile alike. Your purpose was to save “whosoever believes” in Jesus. And everyone who has ever come to Jesus in true repentance and faith has been saved. We praise you for your kindness shown to us in Christ Jesus and we strive to make your Gospel known to all.
Heavenly Father, I have turned my back on you many times. I forget my reason for living and sometimes claim other secular things are my true calling. It is wrong of me; forgive me for these sins, merciful God! You shall be my only answer when people ask my reason for being, for being hopeful, for loving. I pray this in accordance with what you have taught me Lord, my strength and hope in all things.