Today’s devotional is bad news. Don’t let that discourage you for this bad news can be dealt with by the good news. In fact, without the bad news the good news makes no sense at all. Read the bad news and apply the good news and all will be well. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 3:10-20 (ESV)
10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
“Sin is no longer a popular subject, even in the pulpit. An examination of forty-four sermons preached sometime ago in metropolitan pulpits disclosed that there was only one mention of sin. But sin is still a popular fact. It is the source of all the woe and sorrow of mankind. Its shadow is as universal as human nature and as eternal as human history.
“The older preachers used to speak of ‘original sin.’ This is rarely mentioned now. But, like many of those now-abandoned theological terms, ‘it stands for a great reality ― that human nature is fallen, and that the weeds of evil grow easily and quickly in the soil of human lives.’” [Clarence Edward Macartney, The Greatest Texts in the Bible, (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1992), p. 102]