Words from the Heart for Saturday March 14th, 2020
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Romans 3:20 (NLT)
A person’s rights and freedoms are very important to Canadians. All Canadians have some important freedoms. In Canada, you can speak freely, belief in any religion or no religion, meet with or join any group (except a terrorist organization), live and work anywhere in Canada, and participate in peaceful political activities. Some of your important legal rights are the right to be thought of as innocent until proven guilty, the right to have a fair trial in court, and the right not to suffer cruel or unusual punishment.
One of the greatest misunderstandings of the Christian faith is that if I’m a good guy and do more good than bad, I will go to heaven. There are a lot of people who believe this and believe that this is Christian theology. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Over and over the Bible teaches that keeping the Law of God does not earn our way into heaven. The apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 3:20: “For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” The heart of the Gospel is that people are by nature sinful and that nothing we do can atone for the sin that separates us from our Creator God. If there was, there would be no need for a Saviour, and Jesus’ death on the cross would be the greatest travesty in the history of the world. And the Law would leave us miserable, aware of our sin but unable to do anything about it. The Good News is that by trusting Jesus, through His death and resurrection we can be forgiven and redeemed. Have you been?
These have been words from the heart.