“Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law.” Romans 7:7.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Romans 5-8.
It is spelled out plainly for you, my friend.
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) lay out the foundation for rights and wrongs.
We are a nitpicking people. We look at the Ten Commandments and notice that there is no mention of road rage. “I guess that’s up to me,” we imagine. Wrong. If we knew what “murder” encompasses, we would cringe at our driving behavior.
God knew the importance of rules and regulations. We can’t be trusted to figure out right and wrong without them.
The ultimate beauty of the Ten Commandments is that once we have figured out what they mean, we realize that we all are Ten Commandment breakers.
In God’s sight, one sin moves me into the SINNER category. It isn’t quantity that gets me there. Many live under the delusion that God will be weighing sins and good deeds on Judgment Day. Their hope is that they’ve done more good than bad. It DOES NOT work that way! Sin separates us from God. Once we grasp that truth then we know that we need help. “Needing help” is where we must first be. If my good deeds won’t carry the day, what will? That leads to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that carried our sins to their deaths. His resurrection brought life without the sins for all who will believe it. It is so simple!
“Lord, I thank You for Your Word. Open minds to You and to what You have done. May they not miss out on recognizing their need for You. Nudge them toward You, I beg. I love You, Father.”
Do you understand why the Ten Commandments are important?