Some Really Great News!!
I’m inspired by J. Vernon McGee this morning who tackles the “Love Chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13. And I’m also completely busted.
The bible tells us that Love is patient, kind, believes the best about others, doesn’t envy, doesn’t seek it’s own, prefers others first.
So I look at myself and I think,,, I’m none of those things.
Apart from God, I am selfish, impatient, envious, suspicious, and sometimes just mean and contentious.
I mean, how do I act if someone cuts me in line at the store? Or worse, cuts me off in traffic?
When I see my heart for what it is, outside of God, I feel helpless. I want to be better. I want to do better. But I don’t have the ability to do it on my own. I try and always fall short.
I read Romans 7 where the Apostle Paul dealt with
THE SAME THING!!
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
OK. I’m not alone. In fact I’m in pretty good company.
The bottom line is that no matter how hard we try, none of us can ever be good enough.
I know some REALLY nice, truly sweet people. But even they blow it at times.
We ALL need a savior. And that is JESUS CHRIST.
He took the beating and whipping and death being nailed to a cross, that WE all deserved so that we wouldn’t have to.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever will put their trust in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.
OK, NOW I FEEL BETTER!! :)