What to do! What to do!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
(James 4:17 (NIV))

We are all sinners! Even if we do not know what we should do, we are sinners. Ignorance is no excuse. But, is it possible to take that to the other extreme? If we know the law, yet we still do wrong, are we worse than those who do not? We are accountable for our actions. We are more accountable if we know what we should do, and yet, do not do it.

Is it possible that God would hold those who know what they should do to be more accountable than those who do not know? It is very possible. But, no human is perfect. Even though we may know what we should do, we are not always going to make the right decision. This is where grace enters the picture. It is through Jesus Christ that we have been given grace.

The Law (knowing what to do) condemns us in our sin. No one can live a perfectly sinless life. Grace, through the gift of Jesus Christ, has allowed us to have a second chance, and sometimes a third, fourth and fifth. Everyone is a sinner. It is a matter of attitude towards the sin and God that allows us to be forgiven and filled with grace and mercy.

What is your attitude today?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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