A Study on Discernment

What Can I Do About It?

There are many people, even some Christians, who buy into the world view that we have to be good to be saved. They believe that if we act good and do good, God will reward us. It sounds right doesn’t it? After all, if God is truly a just God, and if He is a God of love, would He really allow all these good people to spend eternity in torment?

From our world view, it makes perfect sense. But God doesn’t see things from a world view, He sees them from an eternal view. God’s word says that no matter how good we are, how much we try, or how hard we work, it will never be enough. We can give our human best but to a holy God, it amounts to nothing more than a pile of dirty rags.

Throughout His word, God tells us how we can obtain Godliness. Read the following passages: Mark 2:17; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Peter 2:24.

Points to Ponder

  • Jesus came and died for sinners such as you and me
  • Through Jesus’ sacrifice we are not only cleansed, we are justified and sanctified
  • Christ took our sin upon Himself and imputed to us His righteousness
  • For those who believe, Jesus’ death on the cross destroyed both the power and the penalty of sin

Something to Think About

Until we understand just how depraved man’s heart is, it’s difficult to appreciate fully the gift we have received through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Spend a few minutes and meditate on all that Jesus has done for you and praise him for His wonderful love.

©2012 Sandra Bivens Smith

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