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“To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

  Luke 7:47

 

 

   
The more righteous we think ourselves to be, the less we love Jesus Christ. Those who feel keenly the guilt of their sins and who desire to be saved from the penalty of their sins, find in Jesus Christ a supreme treasure. Those who view themselves as great sinners find Christ to be a great Savior. On the other hand, those who are self-righteous and who minimize both the number and the shamefulness of their sins manifest much less regard and esteem for the Son of God. While everyone except Jesus Christ is a sinner, and consequently worthy of everlasting punishment, our habit is to justify ourselves by focusing on others who, in our opinion, are worse than ourselves; we think that they may be worthy of the righteous wrath of God, but not us. But all of our sins are in defiance of God's authority over us, and, as such, worthy of His righteous judgment. (What makes something sinful is not that some other person is hurt by our behavior; rather, it is that it is disobedience to God's commandments). The message of the Bible is not that all men are good and worthy of commendation, but that all men are evil and worthy of condemnation. But by His wonderful love and grace, “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him should be saved.” To be saved from our sins necessitates a personal acknowledgment of them; we must humble ourselves and confess ourselves to be the hell-deserving sinners that God says we are. The fact is that all humanity is engaged in deceit, theft, lying, disobedience to parents, fornication, greed, resentment, immodesty, covetousness, etc. but yet does not consider itself to be sinful and deserving of the unquenchable fire of which the Lord Jesus spoke so often. Before a person can be saved from the wages of their sins, there must be a strong awareness of personal sin and a desire to have God's forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. He died as a sacrifice for all who would rely only on His perfect righteousness as the foundation of their everlasting life. To such believers, Christ is precious indeed. To whom much is forgiven, the same loves much. The promise remains: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
   

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