Sunday Sermon Series – Confession of Sin

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Exodus 9:27, Numbers 22:34, 1 Samuel 15:24, Joshua 7:20, Matthew 27:4, Job 6:20, Luke 15:18

My sermon this morning will have seven texts, and yet I pledge myself that there shall be but three different words in the whole of them; for it so happens that the seven texts are all alike, occurring in seven different portions of God’s holy Word. I shall require, however, to use the whole of them to exemplify different cases; and I must request those of you who have brought your Bibles with you to refer to the texts as I shall mention them…

Confession of Sin – A Sermon with Seven Texts


Charles Haddon Spurgeon / January 18, 1857

Scripture: Exodus 9:27/Numbers 22:34/1 Samuel 15:24/ Joshua 7:20/Matthew 27:4/ Job 6:20/ Luke 15:18

From: New Park Street Pulpit Volume 3


Grace to You Series – The Truth About Man

First, the Bad News

The following 10 articles are from G2Y “Truth About Man” series; I hope they are a blessing to you. 

First, the Bad News

The Universal Guilty Verdict

Man’s Enduring Guilt

The Arraignment of Mankind

The Indictment of Mankind

Sin’s Corruption of Our Character

Why No Man Seeks After God

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conduct

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation


Riots and the Need a Heart Transplant

With all the riots going on across this land I thought it prudent to visit an old friend, our heart’s. 

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There are a few ways we can look at what is happening in America at the moment one being surprise the other with understanding or maybe a combination of both. Here is what I mean. 

Many seem to be amazed at the extent of the riots. I for one am not at all. In fact if anything I am slightly surprised they are not worse or more wide-spread. Why, here are some of my reasons: 

With more and more of our major cities being managed by very liberal, don’t upset the apple cart, politicians, who denounce Judaeo-Christian values it is no wonder folks act like animals. Yes, act like animals if you have been watching the news that is exactly what these law-breaking thugs have been doing, acting like wolves, hyena, or other predators.

As tragic as the George Flyod killing was, many of these so-called protesters are just fed up with being cooped up from COVID-19, but instead of peacefully acting out they willfully acted with a depraved heart. Then you have the riot-tourists, those who just have to see what is going on, those who want to see something really bad happen to fill their sick desires.

How can I say those things, with understanding because the bible makes it real plain; Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”  Nothing good is coming from these rioters, Luke 6:45 nothing at all because their hearts are evil. 

These are acts predicated on man’s natural nature; here are some of the biblical examples describing man’s heart condition: 

Genesis 8:21: “. . . every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.

Psalm 14:3:All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Isaiah 1:5–6: “Your whole head is injured, your whole heart is afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness.

Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

The Blame Game is sure to start up in full swing. We have already seem evidence of some mayors and other officials blaming President Trump (seriously like he organized this). Yet the bible makes it clear that even sinful and unrighteous man is without excuse for in his soul he knows Romans 1:19-20; 2:14-16 enough to distinguish basic right and wrong. 

So do we really need to blame anyone; or would it be more profitable to just identify the core issue(s) and attack them head on. What has changed in America since the days of the Greatest Generation and In God We Trust? 

Think on this for a moment although declining in numbers the majority of Americans still claim to be “Christian.” If the majority actually stood tall and did the right thing (biblically) think of the difference we could make. The issue is even so called “Christians” fail the test far to often, just as the Jews did repeatedly in the Old Testament, thinking of them selves righteous more than God Almighty creator and Savior of Souls.

America needs a heart transplant ASAP. Of course I do not mean a physical, but a spiritual change of heart or I am personally convinced our nation (as we now know it) is doomed. We cannot continue on the path of self idolatry, socialism and big government all of which the Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves against. 

The Great reformer Martian Luther understood mans condition more than any of his time: 

Luther said he feared his own heart, more than Pope or Cardinal. The heart is the fomenter of sin. It mints evil thoughts-and blows up the coals of fiery passions. It is the Trojan horse out of which comes a whole army of lusts! Shall we not fight the good fight, and discharge with the fire of zeal against this bosom traitor, the flesh! The primitive Christians chose rather to be destroyed by lions without-than by lusts within! – Thomas Watson

Luther’s answer and our’s must be; Prayer, Prayer and More Prayer. We (The true Christian Remnant) need to pray daily for this nation, pray for God’s divine intervention, pray for the Holy Spirit to awake the rioters.

We need to pray for God to preform Heart Transplants among the masses for only he can change the sin nature of man. Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 15:5








The Blame Game

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It seems that everyone wants and needs to blame someone else for their mistakes, suffering or overall lot in life. What is worse for me is I hear it and see it regularly in those claiming to be evangelical Christians.

Mans Nature: 

It is mans fallen nature to lie and blame others for our failures. The very first thing that Adam, the father of all mankind did after eating the forbidden fruit was lie and blame Eve: The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” Genesis 3:12. (ESV)

Then God in the next verse turns to Eve and she too lies and blames Satan: Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”


Many years ago for a local New England prison newsletter I wrote an article entitled “Flip Wilson Theology.” The premise being that folks like to blame others for their mistakes and “Christians” especially like to blame the Devil for everything. But “the devil made me do it” (one of Wilson’s signature catchphrases) was and is totally unbiblical. 

What is biblical? Look at Mark 7:20-23 (AMP) And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean {and} renders [him] unhallowed. (21) For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base {and} wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery, (22) Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous {and} destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness). (23) All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean {and} render him unhallowed.

In the end we must conclude with the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:20

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For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. (AMP)

Porque las cosas invisibles de él, su eterno poder y deidad, se hacen claramente visibles desde la creación del mundo, siendo entendidas por medio de las cosas hechas, de modo que no tienen excusa. (RVR1960)


The book of Jude is often overlooked by readers and theologians alike but it contains a strong Warning to the Ungodly and those who would play the blame game:

It was about these people that [h]Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, when he said, “Look, the Lord came with [i]myriads of His holy ones 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the [j]ungodly of all the ungodly deeds they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh and cruel things ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These people are [habitual] murmurers, griping and complaining, following after their own desires [controlled by passion]; they speak arrogantly, [pretending admiration and] flattering people to gain an advantage. (Jude 14-16)

It is man’s nature to play the blame game but it should not be that of true “Christians.” We should want righteous discernment that leads to the truth but must heed the warning of Christ in Matthew 7:3-5.


Instead of blaming others for your circumstances do something to change them. Even in these trying times GOD can provide. Do all you can to restore your right relationship with Him now.

Instead of blaming this one or that one for having to Shelter in Place, try doing something productive to help your community. Try volunteering at a church that is handing out food, sewing masks, shopping for an elderly neighbor. 

If you must post something on Social Media, do your due diligence to insure it is fair and accurate. It is SO EASY to click and share JUNK! Just because you agree with something emotionally does not make it true. 

Finally, to quote my wife when ever I am down about something she never lets me even think about blaming my disabilities, or others, or anything she just says “suck it up buttercup soldier on.”  You would have to know my wife to understand she means this in the most loving and compassionate way, as I do to everyone here. Sometimes we just need to pray and pull ourselves up and get at it. No excuses, no blaming others for with Christ we can accomplish all things. 


John 9:3 – The Works of God

We have all read the story here, John 9:1-7, of Jesus healing the blind man. This verse is often overlooked in the conversation for it’s theological implications. 

Note what Jesus is saying:

  • That the sin is not the most important thing; he does not say do not deal with sin nor that sin nature is not the overall cause for this man’s condition just not a specific sin. Even today there are those who try and claim that all our ailments are caused by some sin we have done against God which for the most part is total garbage.
  • The Most important thing is God’s Glory; it is the preeminent thing to be seen in it all
  • It is “God First Always

Respondió Jesús: No es que pecó éste, ni sus padres, sino para que las obras de Dios se manifiesten en él. (RVR 1960)


Evangelical Syncretism: Seeker vs. Sinner

Does an unregenerate man bear a spark of the divine that draws him to a relationship with God, or is he utterly lost in the total depravity of his sin nature? While that might seem like an obscure theological question, don’t dismiss it as merely fodder for academic debates. It’s an immensely practical question—with implications for the church and for your own life. And it’s at the heart of the consumer-driven movement in the church, commonly known as seeker sensitivity.

Evangelical Syncretism: Seeker vs. Sinner

by Jeremiah Johnson / Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The following blog post was originally published on February 27, 2015. —ed.

The Original Seekers

Sometimes the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history. Sadly, that’s particularly applicable when it comes to church history. The fifteen hundred-year-old heresy of Pelagianism is just one example.

Pelagius developed doctrines concerning the nature of man that were as subtle and seductive as they were damnable. Pelagius wanted to do away with the doctrines of original sin and the federal headship of Adam (the biblical teaching that Adam’s sin has been passed on to all men and we are all born with a sinful nature—Romans 5:12-18).

Augustine, who opposed Pelagius, was committed to the doctrines of divine sovereignty and human depravity. Any compromise on these two pillars of gospel truth would do violence to the glorious gospel of God’s grace—man’s inability to save himself (John 6:44) and his need for a sovereign Lord to intervene on his behalf (Romans 3:21–26).

The Council of Ephesus condemned Pelagianism as utterly heretical in AD 431, but it has survived in various forms since then.

Charles Finney ignited an enormous “revival” in Pelagian theology in the nineteenth century. Although Finney remains enormously popular among many contemporary evangelical and charismatic churches, few know how “depraved” his theology actually was. Finney clearly articulated his “doctrine of man” in his own Systematic Theology where he wrote:

Moral depravity cannot consist in any attribute of nature or constitution, nor in any lapsed or fallen state of nature. . . . Moral depravity, as I use the term, does not consist in, nor imply a sinful nature, in the sense that the human soul is sinful in itself. It is not a constitutional sinfulness.[1]

In other words, people do not have a sin nature. Without a sin nature, there is no need for the Spirit’s work of regeneration. And without need of the Spirit, we can use any means necessary to make the gospel appealing to people.

Finney’s man-centered ideas live on vibrantly in many modern churches today. The seeker-sensitive consumer-driven approach tailors church services and sermons to the “felt needs” of the sinner. It is a tacit denial of the biblical view that “no one seeks for God” (Romans 3:11, ESV). This is the ugly modern legacy of the fire that Pelagius lit and Finney stoked.

Modern Pelagians

It is an inescapable truth that those who pioneered the seeker-sensitive megachurch juggernaut in America were practical Pelagians. Effectively denying the total depravity of unregenerate man, they reclassified spiritually curious unbelievers as people “seeking after God.” They designed their services—really, their entire churches—to appeal to the interests and attractions of the world.

Seeker-sensitive guru Rick Warren is just one example of neo-Pelagianism. In his book The Purpose Driven Church, the megachurch pastor proudly describes how he spent twelve weeks surveying the unsaved residents in the surrounding neighborhood before he planted Saddleback Church in Southern California. He went door to door, asking:

1. What do you think is the greatest need in this area? This question simply got people talking to me.

2. Are you actively attending any church? If they said yes, I thanked them and moved on to the next home. I didn’t bother asking the other three questions because I didn’t want to color the survey with believers’ opinions. Notice that I didn’t ask, “Are you a member?” Many people who haven’t been inside a church for twenty years still claim membership in some church.

3. Why do you think most people don’t attend church? This seemed to be a less threatening and offensive wording than “Why don’t you attend church?” Today many people would answer that question with “It’s none of your business why I don’t go!” But when I asked why they thought other people didn’t attend, they usually gave me their personal reasons anyway.

4. If you were to look for a church to attend, what kind of things would you look for? This single question taught me more about thinking like an unbeliever than my entire seminary training. I discovered that most churches were offering programs that the unchurched were not interested in.

5. What could I do for you? What advice can you give to a minister who really wants to be helpful to people? This is the most basic question the church must ask its community. Study the gospels and notice how many times Jesus asked someone, “What do you want me to do for you?” He began with people’s needs.[2]

A survey like that might be helpful if you wanted to start a business, open a country club, or stake out a political platform in that area. But the church is none of those things, and should not operate as such. And yet Warren proudly attests that hundreds and perhaps thousands of churches have used his survey to similarly guide their growth and inform their outreach.

Moreover, by dismissing out of hand the answers of anyone who professed faith or allied with any church, Warren guaranteed that his church would be driven by the most worldly, least sanctified interests available. Either he didn’t know or didn’t care that depraved minds were helping shape his church.

Wrong Priorities, Wrong Practice

Biblically, the inverted priorities of seeker-sensitive churches are pretty easy to spot. In his book Ashamed of the Gospel, John MacArthur explains how consumer-driven methods diverge from the biblical model.

Scripture says the early Christians “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, ESV). In our generation the world is turning the church upside down. Biblically, God is sovereign, not “unchurched Harry.” The Bible, not a marketing plan, is supposed to be the sole blueprint and final authority for all church ministry. Ministry should meet people’s real needs, not indulge their selfishness. Above all, we must bear in mind that the Lord of the church is Christ, not some couch potato with the remote control in his hand.[3]

Essentially, seeker-sensitive proponents completely ignore the biblical view of unregenerate man. The Bible makes it clear that unbelievers want nothing to do with God. Jesus said this plainly:

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (John 3:19–20)

Paul invalidated the entire seeker-sensitive church growth philosophy in five words: “No one seeks for God” (Romans 3:11, ESV). It is truly astounding that such a massive movement could be built in such clear defiance of the New Testament’s most prolific author, as well as the Savior they claimed to preach.


Choose Life

Why would anyone not choose a blessing over a curse? I mean seriously this proclamation, to the people of Israel, from God seems simple enough one would think after this it is a done deal they will all follow God. Ah, read the Book, not so much.

Let us first look at this verse in it’s entire context (.v11-20):

“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. 

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God[a] that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules,[b] then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Note the following:

  • In verse 11 God says this commandment is not too hard for you {us}.
  • The commandment is not in heaven, nor far way (v.12-13)
  • The commandment is in fact is very near you {us}, It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you {we} can do it.
  • The contrast set before us is good life vs. evil death (v.15)
  • Good life a blessed life from God requires us to obey the commandments of the Lord your {our} walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules. (.v16)
  • The consequences for disobedience are severe, eternal damnation (.v18)

So what make it seem that so many choose death? Well first off whom is it that does the choosing initially man or God? If you answered God you are correct. The bible makes it abundantly clear that it is God who chooses whom He will (John 6:44, Ephesians 1:3-4Romans 8:29-30). I could go on but you get the point.

It is not the high and mighty that God regularly chooses either 1 Corinthians 1:27, But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong John 11:25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children. 

So what is it that keeps man from realizing the truth Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse when he is confronted with it?  I believe Paul summarizes it well in Romans 11:7-10  What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”

It is man’s sin nature (depravity) our hard hearts that keeps us from recognizing the on true sovereign Triune God. As I have said many times John 3:19 we love the dark side to much and are afraid to leave the fleshly pleasures it seems to provide.  Even to the point of being cursed to Eternal Damnation. 

If the Holy Spirit is pricking at your heart strings today, I urge you to repent and be blessed by making Jesus Christ Lord of your life.

Great Peace

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119:165

Mucha paz tienen los que aman tu ley,
Y no hay para ellos tropiezo. (RVR 1960) 

Everyone wants peace, whether it is personal peace for their lives, their loved ones the nation or the world folks often pray for peace. Interestingly the bible (KJV) uses the word peace 429 times but only tells us directly once to pray for peace, Psalm 122:6:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Pedid por la paz de Jerusalén; Sean prosperados los que te aman

Our text this morning however speaks of the first type of peace I mentioned, personal. It say those that love the law, that is God’s law, His precepts, will find peace. Sounds pretty simple does it not. Love God, Love His rules (law) and peace will be yours. Yet nothing in life is ever easy is it? You see we have a sin nature that we have to continually work out and a real jerk of a fallen angel, Satan, to contend with all the while dealing with our daily life too. 

I want to make some observations here:

    • This is not saying anything about those keeping the law perfectly, we know this is impossible
    • This promise is for those who wholeheartedly love God and His law
    • For those who repent and try even harder when they fail
    • Nothing that Satan or the world throws at them will offend or discourage them 
    • This promise is for true converts, those whom the Fruit of the Spirit is clearly seen in 


Learn the true wisdom of those of you who are new creatures, and who love God’s holy law. All of you who are really brought to Christ are changed into his image, so that you love God’s holy law. “I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart”: Psalm 19. The world says: What a slave you are! you cannot have a little amusement on the Sabbath — you cannot take a Sabbath walk, or join a Sabbath tea party; you cannot go to a dance or a theater; you cannot enjoy the pleasures of sensual indulgence — you are a slave. I answer: Christ had none of these pleasures. He did not want them: nor do we. He knew what was truly wise, and good, and happy, and he chose God’s holy law. He was the freest of all beings, and yet he knew no sin. Only make me free as Christ is free — this is all I ask. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” —Robert Murray M Cheyne, 1813-1843.

Nothing shall offend them. They that have this character of God’s children, will not the stumbled at God’s dispensations, let them he never so cross to their desires, because they have a God to fly unto in all their troubles, and a sure covenant to rest upon. Therefore the reproaches cast upon them, and on the way of God, do not scandalize them; for they have found God in that very way which others speak evil of; they are not so offended by anything that attends the way of God, as to dislike or forsake that way. Nevertheless we must take heed that we be not offended. —John Bunyan.

“Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

Answer: We live in a world of pain and suffering. There is no one who is not affected by the harsh realities of life, and the question “why do bad things happen to good people?” is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is sovereign, so all that happens must have at least been allowed by Him, if not directly caused by Him. At the outset, we must acknowledge that human beings, who are not eternal, infinite, or omniscient, cannot expect to fully understand God’s purposes and ways.

The book of Job deals with the issue of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Job was a righteous man (Job 1:1), yet he suffered in ways that are almost beyond belief. God allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him, and Satan did his worst. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well.

Why do bad things happen to good people? As hard as it is to acknowledge, we must remember that there are no “good” people, in the absolute sense of the word. All of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). As Jesus said, “No one is good—except God alone” (Luke 18:19). All of us feel the effects of sin in one way or another. Sometimes it’s our own personal sin; other times, it’s the sins of others. We live in a fallen world, and we experience the effects of the fall. One of those effects is injustice and seemingly senseless suffering.

When wondering why God would allow bad things to happen to good people, it’s also good to consider these four things about the bad things that happen:

1) Bad things may happen to good people in this world, but this world is not the end. Christians have an eternal perspective: “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18). We will have a reward some day, and it will be glorious.

2) Bad things happen to good people, but God uses those bad things for an ultimate, lasting good. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). When Joseph, innocent of wrongdoing, finally came through his horrific sufferings, he was able to see God’s good plan in it all (see Genesis 50:19–21).

3) Bad things happen to good people, but those bad things equip believers for deeper ministry. “Praise be to . . . the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:3–5). Those with battle scars can better help those going through the battles.

4) Bad things happen to good people, and the worst things happened to the best Person. Jesus was the only truly Righteous One, yet He suffered more than we can imagine. We follow in His footsteps: “If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:20–23). Jesus is no stranger to our pain.

Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. Jesus loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1).

God allows things to happen for a reason. Whether or not we understand His reasons, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful (Psalm 135:3). Often, bad things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. Instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6). We walk by faith, not by sight.