O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!
2 Arise, O Judge of the earth.
Give the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat? (NLT)
Christ Jesus transforms our heritage as sinners. We no longer are criminals living in violation of His law. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are free to follow it.
As followers of Christ, we enjoy freedom. We are released from the bondage of sin in which we were born. In our own capacity, we are no better than the blatant sinner that other may revile. All sin is repugnant to our Holy God.
What is it that keeps one from accepting our Heavenly Father's most generous offer? - Freedom. Freedom from the guilt of our past sins and liberation from the deception that leads to the desire to violate God's law.
Psalm 94 8-11 8 Think again, you fools!
When will you finally catch on?
9 Is he deaf—the one who made your ears?
Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?
10 He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you?
He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?
11 The Lord knows people’s thoughts;
He knows they are worthless! (NLT)
The devil's deception arrives in many forms. Sin, however, is rooted in pride. Some believe there is no God, that we alone control our destiny. Others may believe they're doing just fine the way they are and have no time, nor do they find it necessary to seek God. We may even convince ourselves that since we are believers, our "good" hearts, are "too big to fail."
Three entirely different perspectives. Each one is rooted in pride, assuming 1st place when God alone holds that gold medal.
Romans 3:10-12 10 Here’s what Scripture says:
No one is righteous—not even one.
11 There is no one who understands the truth;
no one is seeking after the one True God.
12 All have turned away; together they’ve become worthless.
No one does good, not even one. (VOICE)
No one is righteous - not even one. Righteousness comes only through the humble acceptance of Jesus' of salvation and submitting to God's authority over my life. It is His robe, but He permits me to wear it.
He sacrificed His life of ours. We must crucify our pride to live free from our sin for which He died to save us.