“The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” Ezekiel 18:20.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 18-20, and Revelation 7.
Our relationship with God is an individual thing. There’s no “anything” by association.
We associate where it will be to our advantage, but that won’t work as an advantage with God.
I must take to heart that what I do is charged against me. I can’t lessen anything because I’m a church goer or a Bible study goer. God knows me. There’s no hiding among others.
I am certain that we often see ourselves as “comparatively” good. We are not criminals. There’s no arrest record. But again, that comparatively thing holds no water before God.
The wild card for me is that even though I often see myself as comparatively good, I am really not. Why? God not only knows my deeds but He also knows my thoughts! Think of that. You may not have run someone off the road but what were you thinking when they upset you? I’m betting it wasn’t Godly.
We are responsible for everything we do. Everything, not just deeds.
God must look at us in sadness because of our unwarranted arrogance. We read the Bible regularly yet have bad thoughts in church because someone gets excited in a service or because someone doesn’t get excited.
We are sinners in need of regular cleansing. We need to remember that His Holy Spirit is in us and is offended by sin. Therefore, we need to live as He would want us to live non-stop.
“Lord, forgive me for lessening my awareness of my sinfulness. I will always be unworthy of You on my own merit yet for reasons unknown to me You made a way for me to be worthy. Thank You, Father.”
Our relationship to God is first hand, not second hand. He knows you completely for better or for worse.