Isn’t it interesting that to talk of sin in the public arena today causes one to be branded a fundamentalist, puritanical, and intolerant?

Our society does not seem to like the subject of sin. To admit we are sinners is to admit that we are wrong; it requires us to humble ourselves and to recognize that we have violated God’s moral standard.

But what is confusing is that while we don’t like to think of ourselves as sinners, most people believe God pardons sin; that He is a forgiving God. So we find ourselves in a culture that believes God forgives sinners, but there don’t seem to be many sinners in need of forgiveness.

Whether we like it or not, the Bible confronts all of us with our sin. As Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

John Newton, the author of the famous hymn Amazing Grace knew this well. He is said to have remarked later in life that he could not remember much, but that he knew he was a great sinner and Jesus was a great Savior.

You see humbly facing our sin causes us to turn to Christ seeking God’s pardon. John Newton also wrote a wonderful hymn about the God who pardons sinners. Taking Micah 7:18 as his text, the hymn asks and answers the question, Who is a pardoning God like thee, or who has grace so rich and free. Let’s abandon our pride, face our sin and delight in the pardoning God through Christ.

 

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