If you could be an impartial judge of your own life, just for today; what punishment would you have sanctioned on yourself for the many sins committed in a day?
Text: Psalm 103: 8, 10- 11; – 8. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him; Amen
We appoint you judge of your own life for two reasons. Firstly, because no one knows all the things you do except you and God. And secondly, because we know that if you had to sanction yourself for sins committed, you would hesitate. You may rather justify your actions or plead for mercy than to easily embrace the condemnation you deserve.
And as you can tell, you are already hesitant to even think about your sins, let alone pronounce a sentence for yourself. Could it be because you agree that sin is a reproach and by its very nature deserves condemnation? If so, don’t worry at all for there’s good news.
The good news is, the ONE and TRUE JUDGE, vested with all power to condemn us for our sins is slow to anger and abounds in love. He hates sin very much but not the sinner. He is compassionate and gracious to all, especially those who choose repentance over sin.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve nor repay us according to our iniquity. FOR AS HIGH AS THE HEAVENS ARE ABOVE THE EARTH, SO GREAT IS HIS LOVE FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
That is why we are still here, alive and strong, and not because we deserve to be. The wages of sin is still death but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6: 23). It is “A GIFT” that we live, not a right! We deserved death.
What shall we say then, shall we continue to sin, that grace may abound? Certainly not! (Rom 6: 1). Let not take the mercies of God for granted therefore. Repent right now from all sin while mercy lasts. Humbly ask the Holy Spirit to plant in you the incorruptible seed of Christ that makes you bear fruits of righteousness unto eternity.
The soul that sin dies. Run under the cover of the blood of Christ and be washed from all sin. For the day comes when the JUDGE will not show mercy anymore. Those who choose righteousness now, will live with Him eternally. Where will the others be then? Think about this. Mercy abounds today, tomorrow may be too late. Choose righteousness and live.
Have a blessed day!