‘Do the Right Thing!’

Published 2:23 pm Thursday, October 6, 2022

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Man’s greatest problem is sin. Though fast-becoming an obsolete term in many segments of society, sin is directly or indirectly the cause of all human suffering. Sometimes, we suffer for the sins of others — even for the sins of previous generations. We are not responsible for their sins; but we may suffer consequences related to their transgressions.
Fill in the blank: “Where would we be without _____________.” The word selected will vary from person to person. Some will choose a spiritual direction: “Where would we be without God.” Others might take a more familial approach: “Where would we be without our mothers.” However, we will get a new slant on an important spiritual reality by asking: “Where would we be without sin?” Life before the Fall was marked by sweet fellowship and endless bliss (Gen. 1:26-2:25). But, sin interrupted God’s plan and brought death into the world with all of its accompanying miseries (Rm. 5:12; 6:23).
Sin destroys fellowship with God. While physical death is the separation of the body from the spirit (Jas. 2:26). Spiritual death is the separation of the soul from God (Isa. 59:1-2). Although a remedy has been provided through the substitutionary death of God’s dear Son (Rm. 5:9), failure to take advantage of such a remedy by obeying the gospel results in what the Bible calls “the second death” (2 Th. 1:8-9; Rev. 21:8). The greatest problem of man has been addressed in the pages of the Bible. The gospel is God’s plan for bringing us back to the “tree of life” (Rev. 22:1-2). Discover the richness of God’s love in sending His Son to die for your sins (Jn. 3:16). Accept His grace through obedient faith and receive the gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). You will need to believe that the blood of Jesus has the power to wash away your sins (Rm. 5:9; Acts 22:16). You will need to die to sin in repentance (Acts 2:38). You will need to confess your faith in Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 8:37). You will need to be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Rm. 6:3-4). And, you will need to live the remainder of your life walking with Him in the light of His word (1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 2:10). Ask the hard questions and do the right thing.
— An article from Glen Elliott

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