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PostSubject: People Like Rankings   Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:11 am

Two men owed money to a certain moneylender...Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he cancelled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more? LUKE 7:41-42

People like rankings. Ten best movies. Twenty most common spelling errors. Top five tennis players. Ranked lists can be useful. But they can also have a darker side.

In Jesus' day, the religious leaders were proud of their righteous lifestyles. They did not see themselves as sinful - or at least, not as sinful as everyone else. As a result, they dismissed their own need for forgiveness. Other people needed to repent before God, but not them. The big problem was that they compared themselves to the wrong standard. We do the same thing today. We say in our own hearts, "I'm a good person...I don't hurt anyone...I'm always helping my neighbors out...I donate to charities when they need help."  

They missed the point in two ways and we are missing it too. First, whether by a little or a lot, we all fall short of God's standard of holiness and deserve His judgment. Second, the more we realize our need for God's forgiveness, the more grateful we are to receive it. Still, we must first recognize the depth of our own debt to God. When we do, the gift of forgiveness in Christ is a joy to accept. But it doesn't stop there. We are then free to forgive others because we know - like the man whose debt was great - how much we've been forgiven.

INSIGHT: HAVE YOU BEEN COMPARING YOURSELF TO THE WRONG STANDARD? MEASURE YOURSELF AGAINST GOD'S HOLINESS, RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS WHICH HAS BEEN PAID BY JESUS CHRIST AND TELL OTHERS!

Prayer: Dear Lord, Please help me to realize how much I am in need of You. Please help me to compare myself to You so I can see the true need for Your forgiveness which was paid by Jesus on the cross at Calvary. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12 cheers
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PostSubject: Re: People Like Rankings   Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:48 am

This is really sets me thinking about how we're comparing us with the wrong standard, instead of comparing us against God's Holiness.
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PostSubject: Re: People Like Rankings   Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:32 am

RobinLikeABoss wrote:
This is really sets me thinking about how we're comparing us with the wrong standard, instead of comparing us against God's Holiness.
Yes Robin...You're absolutely right. As fallible human beings we love to compare ourselves with other human beings especially those who may not be as "good" as ourselves. We ignore God, especially Jesus, "God in the flesh". He's our true benchmark and we will fail miserably every time we compare ourselves to Him. That's why we need Him...so badly. I wish others could see this as plainly as you do. You are so blessed and have a great start on life. Cool  I see your new avatar...Looks great! excellent job on that my friend!

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