5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
The amount of excuses we can hear to justify sin has been around as long as humanity exists. It’s too easy to take God’s grace for granted, but God cannot overlook sin. No matter how many excuses are made, sinners will have to answer God for their sin.
How to respond, then? Repentance. To turn or return. To turn from evil and turn to good. But not a repentance just to keep God “happy” so that He will continue to bless me and answer my prayers. In the gospel, the purpose of repentance is to walk in the joy of our union with Christ, to weaken our impulse to do anything contrary to God’s heart.
“Repentance is more than just sorrow for the past; repentance is a change of mind and heart, a new life of denying self and serving the Savior as king in self’s place.”– J.I. Packer (Su).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you need to repent from?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for these organizations who are helping people in need: Home Sweet Home, Renewal Center and Sonflowers.