Marsh Grove Community Church

Day 2 of Lent

We all at some point have heard or used the expression with our children “to be good little boys and girls.” And in societies eyes this is what all parents want of their children. Everyone loves to be told how wonderful or good their children are, at least I do. And we should continue to raise our children to be good, to seek good things and strive to bring good into the world in which they live. But in reality the Scripture tells a completely different story than what we are used to hearing and to some degree have come to believe. Romans 3:10-12 tells us “there is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seek for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.” According to Romans we have a real misguided understanding about what it looks like to be good. It goes on to say that this applies to everyone—not just you or me. According to this we are all in the same boat facing the same deplorable situation that none of us appear to be to concerned about.

I know this sound really horrible and most of us really do not like to think of our self like this. But really in reality this is what our life was like before we came to faith in Christ. We walked around telling our self and others little white lies in order to feel good about our self and the thing we say and do. At least this is how the rest of the world sees themselves and wants you and I to believe.

I want us to take a few minutes today and just read Romans 3 the entire chapter and reflect for a bit on the miraculous grace that transpired from God to those who have placed faith and trust in what His Son did on the Cross and what His blood has done. Romans 3:23 declares that God “publicly,” and “openly” displayed His Son on the Cross in order that through His shed blood we—you, me and the rest of the world could have the opportunity to have all the guilt, shame, and unrighteousness removed from us physically and spiritually through the blood of Christ. While we read this chapter and really let it get absorbed into our spirit I want us to pray about the things that we allow to come into our life to interrupt the goodness of God grace and mercy in our life. And how we may ignore or wrestle with the Holy Spirit in our life as He attempts to convict us of things in our life that may not be so good and that may not reflect the righteousness of God in our life which points to Him.

Read Roman 3:1-31     

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