Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning” (Romans 6:15).
Does the freedom of Grace help you to free from wrongdoings?
Grace never allows us to do the wrong actions, but the power to do the right ones. Jesus’ mercy must not become an excuse for careless living and moral laxness. The power of sin over us died with Christ on the cross. So we are now free from its power. The confession table should remind us that God’s grace and forgiveness should not be utilized to continue the life of a sinner. We seem to be living in a sinful cycle of wrongdoings, confessions, repentance, and so on. Is this the life that God intended for us? Confession is a private and public declaration to God and we should try not to repeat the same mistakes. There are absolute, non-negotiable and non-justifiable eternal moral codes of the spiritual world just like the gravitation code for the earth to spin, and the instruction book of human genome of life that we need to follow. So, knowingly committing a sin is unpardonable and we may not get the spirit of repentance.
Historian Robert Hughes tells us of a convict sentenced to life on a maximum-security island off Australia. One day with no provocation, he turned on a fellow prisoner he barely knew and beat him to death. At the trial, he gave a straightforward account of the crime showing no signs of guilt or remorse. “Why?” asked the bewildered judge. “What was your motive?” He told that he was sick of life on the island and he saw no reason to keep on living. “Yes, yes I understand all that,” said the judge. “I can see why you might drown yourself in the ocean, but why murder?” “Well, it’s like this, I’m a catholic. If I commit suicide, I’ll go straight to hell. But if I commit a murder, I can come back here and confess to a priest before my execution. That way, God will forgive me,” said the prisoner.
Just by confession of one’s sins, is it right to keep a murderer, adulterer or common sinner from exploiting God’s lavish promise of “forgiveness in advance?”? St Paul says, “By no means.” We should not take advantage of ‘confessions’, and continue our wrongdoings till we are caught. We would only be dishonouring the grace with this attitude.
Jesus, we live by your grace and forgiveness. Your love never fades. Forgive our mistakes and follies. Let us enjoy the freedom of love and its fruits. Show light to those living in darkness. All we ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Please forward this to your near and dear ones.
Toronto, Wednesday, 10th November 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012