Wednesday, July 4, 2012

There Are No Good Guys

Do you ever find yourself rooting for the good guy in a movie or program, even though he is really a "bad" guy? You know the ones. They sleep around, get drunk, tell lies, and curse to beat the band, yet they are, in the storyline, the hero. It happens a lot, I have noticed. They may be every bit a thief, or even a murder, as the villain, yet they somehow are redeemed by sheer virtue, sometimes, of outsmarting the other guy, and saving the family farm. I have found myself inwardly cheering them on, while at the same time, reminding myself that they are no better, in essence, than the story's bad guy.

It's what we do in real life, too. We compare. We justify. We manage to walk around with eight by ten lumber jutting out of our eye, because we held up a magnifying glass to our neighbor's eye and found a speck of sawdust. But the truth is, there is none good, no, not even one. But oh, the effort we exert, the loopholes we search out, in order to prove ourselves right, worthy and acceptable! Until that day, that glorious day, when it all comes crashing down, and God pulls back the curtain to our heart, and we see the ugly truth....we are sinners beyond hope and help, apart from His grace.

I read this verse this morning. It is good news! If you haven't appropriated this truth, you need to do so! Praise God for His marvelous gift!

"Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses." (Acts 13:38-39)

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