I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Not so Pretty Good After All

We’re not as good as we like to believe. In fact…

Humankind is not intrinsically (naturally) good. Why? Because Eve chose sin. Because Adam sinned with her and passed onto us a sin nature. That is why we need a Savior. If we’re basically good, we don’t need Jesus. We can just call on our better nature and always be and do good.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…

We need to get honest with ourselves and cry as the apostle Paul that the good things he wanted to do, he didn’t, and the bad things he didn’t want to do, he did. Our own thoughts and actions reveal the truth, we need Jesus to redeem hearts seeped in sin–wrong thoughts, motives, behavior.

The good news is we have hope, hope because Jesus came, died and rose again; hope because we can ask Him to live within and to fill us with His love, goodness and righteousness. In Jesus we can live a life of satisfaction, joy and hope rather than one of quiet frustration and despair.

Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

By Carolyn R Scheidies

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