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If You, Lord, Kept A Record Of Our Sins!

Psalm 130:3

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?

Do any of us keep records of things? For instance – I know couples that keep track of how often they argue. Others keep a record of how often they spend time together. Some must actually schedule time together because their schedules are so full and can be overwhelming. Some keep records of wrongs and bring them up to the other from time to time. Some keep a record of when the other partner did the dishes or watched the children or got their way in some area of disagreement.

Do any of us keep records of things? The baseball season is basically over for my team – they need to go 8-2 in order to finish at .500. But baseball is filled with record keeping. Records seem to be made to break. Homers are being hit this year at or near a record pace.

Do any of us keep records of things? When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? When was the last time you felt safe and secure? How many times have you worked overtime this month? How many times did you get to come home early? What is you we can track of in our lives?

What if God kept a record of the times we were unfaithful? What would it look like if Jesus kept a record of our sins – even after we confessed and repented of them? What would it look like – as the passage today says – If you, Lord, kept a record of sins?

If God kept a record of our sins – like we keep a record of wrongs done to us – none of us would be able to stand. Our sins – unless paid for – would be enough to send us to hell. Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death. Any sin – the smallest of sins – and most of us not only have small sins but large ones as well – these sins separate us from God. We can only face a perfect God through the blood of Jesus and His grace.

Here’s an important key dear readers – we are forgiven as we forgive others. Ouch! At times we hold grudges (counting other’s sins against us). Read the following passages this morning.

Matthew 6:14–15 – 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

A few verses earlier – in the midst of what we call the Lord’s Prayer – we even ask God to forgive us as we forgive others. In the traditional version we use the term transgressions. In the NIV they use debts. In the NLT they use sins. It all means the same – we are asking God to forgive us as we forgive others.

Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:12 (NLT) – and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

If God kept a record of our sins – how could we possibly stand before His throne? Psalm 130:3 – If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? Let us offer mercy and forgiveness – even as God offers it to us.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 20, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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