God is the Creator of the Universe and of all that there is of the animal and plant life, and creator of all of us.
He is our Sovereign. Whether or not we realize it, we depend upon him for our lives, our shelter, for our food and for our well-being. It is only appropriate that we worship and adore him – praying to the one that made us and guides our way.
“In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:27)
We call upon our God, our Savior to teach us, to forgive us and keep us on the right path.
The Ten Commandments:
I. You shall have no other gods before me.
II. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.
III. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
IV. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
V. Honor your father and your mother.
VI. You shall not murder.
VII. You shall not commit adultery.
VIII. You shall not steal
IX. You shall not bear false witness against you neighbor.
X. You shall not covet.
There are many other teachings, that are important for us.
Jesus condensed the all-important truths into this one in Matthew 7:12:
“So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”
WE HAVE ALL SINNED
In the Bible all are referred to as sinners. That may jar us— but it means we must humble ourselves before him. Many places in the Bible remind us that we have fallen short. We have ‘missed the mark’, by not honoring God or obeyed his teachings. We have not fully kept the teachings of the Ten Commandments, nor have we kept other commandments as we look through the Bible. We have sinned in thought, word and deed.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman lustfully has committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27)
“And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell. James 3:5,6)
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23
HOW CAN A HOLY GOD FORGIVE OUR SINS?
We must seek his forgiveness. He invites us to repent of our sins and seek his forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” !1 John 1:9
IT IS GOD’S PURPOSE TO SAVE SINNERS
The consequences of suffering were fulfilled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ paying the penalty for our sins on the cross. We reckon with our sin by seeing God’s forgiveness, knowing that our Heavenly Father will forgive us if we confess our sins and ask for his forgiveness. What we are to do is to face the truth, recognize what God has taught, and to confess our sins to him. We know that Christ our Savior has suffered the penalty for our sins that we may be forgiven.
The mercy, kindness, and forgiveness of God is seen in the parable of the workers who worked in the vineyard hour by hour. They were hired one by one to work until the evening. When the end of the day had come, the workers got in line to be paid. Each one was give a denarius from the last to the first. The early ones grumbled that the last ones had been paid the same.
Jesus said, “…take what belongs to you, and go; I chose to give to this last as I gave to you. Am I not allowed to do as I chose with what belongs to me?… So the last will be first and the first last.” (Matthew 20:1-16)
God is merciful. Where there is life, there is hope!
HOW CAN WE LIVE A GOOD LIFE?
If we have already reckoned with our sins before God, then what are we to do?
CAN we be the people that he would have us be? How do we find his favor? He tells us:
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” ~Colossians 2:6
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1,2)
“He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he it is who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)
“Now to him is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.” ~Jude 1:24.
THAT’S GOOD NEWS!