To think we’re right with God if we’re not is the worst state we can be in. We need God to show us where we’re not right with Him. How can we live right if we won’t let God show us where we’re wrong?
Until we understand the depth of our personal rebellion against God, the Cross is just a religious symbol. Human guilt can only be removed by the Cross of Christ!
The Holy Spirit reminds us of our sins so that we will become aware of our bondage and seek His freedom! Does 21st century Christianity ignore the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin?
When the human conscience falls asleep while the mind excuses wrongful behaviors, we need God to wake us up! When we think up arguments to justify our wrongs; we falsely convince ourselves that we have no need of Christ’s forgiveness.
Guilt, like pain, is a warning that something is wrong about the way we are living; and a call to make it right. It’s difficult to appreciate the good news about Jesus until we are deeply aware of the bad news about our sin. When we become aware of the presence of God we also become aware of our sin & of our deep need to turn away from it.
People who don’t know they are in bondage, never seek freedom. Spiritual awakening opens our eyes to see, to be deeply sorry for, and to turn away from our sins.
The closer we are to God, the more aware we are that we are totally dependent on Christ’s love & forgiveness. Your heart was made for God. It’s lost without Him.
Love without justice is license. Justice without love is cruel. At the Cross God demonstrated both toward you. Love & justice intersected at the Cross where Jesus lovingly paid the penalty for my rebellion against God.
If you don’t like liars but like to lie, you won’t like yourself no matter how hard you try. All who carry Christ within need to let Him overflow to others.