Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
– Hebrews 12:14
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
This verse tells us that as believers of God, we should not only have love and patience toward others, but more importantly, we should pursue to be holy. Only such people can have the opportunity to meet the Lord. At first, I believed that so long as I do more good deeds and get along with others in harmony, I can be in accordance with. However, when I encountered something involving my interests, I could still split hairs with others and even lie and deceive. My selfish and despicable, crooked and deceitful dispositions remain unchanged. And I always live in a condition of sinning and confessing. Jesus once said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever” (John 8:34-35). Jesus’ words clearly tell us that if we don’t cast off our sins, we can not stay in the house of God. Therefore, I am eager to know how to cast off my sinful nature.
One day, Co-worker Li came to my home. I asked him this question, and he said, “If we want to get rid of our sinful nature to change and be cleansed, we cannot be apart from God’s work.” Then he read me a passage of God’s words, “Before man was redeemed, many of Satan’s poisons were already planted within him. After thousands of years of Satan’s corruption, man already has within him a nature that resists God. Therefore, when man has been redeemed, it is nothing more than redemption, where man is bought at a high price, but the poisonous nature within has not been eliminated. Man that is so defiled must undergo a change before being worthy to serve God. Through this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within him, and he will be able to completely change and become clean. Only in this way can man be worthy to return before the throne of God.” God’s words clearly state that the root causes of our sinful nature. And only if we accept God’s work and judgment can we resolve our sinful nature from the root up.
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