who in their right mind?

Our sin is revolting. The sin in the world. The sins that I struggle with, that you struggle with, that we struggle with. The sin that that guy or that girl struggles with. The sins that Jesus took upon Himself when He died on the cross. The sin that wasn’t His but that He died for. It’s disgusting.

A few weeks ago, I was in a village helping with a Christmas outreach. A truck-like ambulance drove quickly through, on the village road, towards the border. About 20 minutes later it blazed through again, heading back to town. Flashing lights flew by our uplifted heads – no answers. We found out as we were packing up what had happened – what the truck-like ambulance was responding to. It turns out that a dark truck intentionally forced a guy on his motorbike off the road. If that wasn’t enough, the guy with the truck stopped and reversed. He intentionally reversed over the man he’d already forced off the road. And then he took off.

Deliberate sin. Unintentional sin. Sin.

Unforgiveness is a huge problem amongst the people group I am working with. Unforgiveness breeds bitterness, resentment, anger, jealousy, rage. Sin breeds sin. It’s this sick cycle that people all around the world have a problem with. It’s for this sick cycle that Jesus came to earth, to die for us and help us. We find redemption only in Him. I can tell people all around me to forgive but that’s not enough. It’s true – they do need to forgive, but more than that they need Jesus.

What kind of man would take on all this disgusting sin? What kind of God would do this?

Paul said this in Romans 5:6-8, “For while we were still weak, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

I judge that man in the truck so harshly but he’s just the same as I am. The only difference between us is that he probably doesn’t know Jesus as His Redeemer and Lord of His Life.

2 thoughts on “who in their right mind?

  1. Crystal says:

    thanks for this reminder, Beth. We are all capable of the worst of sins…and yet we so easily judge others and think “I could never…” when really we could. “But for the grace of God, go I.”

  2. helen henry says:

    thank you for reminding me that I am no different from the one who does the “big” sin. And yet, While I was still a sinner (the emphasis on still) Christ died for me…yes, He surely proved His love.

    love, helen
    PS – only 4-1/2 more weeks and we will be in BKK with Paul & Crystal!

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