Facing Reality

Linus approached Charlie Brown in a comic strip and boldly asked, “Charlie Brown, do you want to know what the trouble is with you?” 

“No,” he answered. 

“That’s the trouble with you, Charlie Brown,” screamed Linus. “You don’t want to know what the trouble is with you!” 

Charlie Brown is not the only one with that problem. 

Few want to hear or accept the fact that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But, not wanting to listen to that fact, does not change anything. 

To refuse to hear something does not mean that it was not said. And, if we deny something does not mean that it is not true. Sin is sin, and it comes in all sizes and shapes, colors and containers, with many options and countless opportunities. 

We all seem to have a Charlie Brown attitude. Few want to admit that we have broken God’s laws or that we have refused to follow the teachings of Jesus. But, Paul said all have sinned and fallen short of God’s plan. That “all” includes every one of us. 

Denying the fact of sin will not keep us from sinning nor eliminate the penalty that comes from being disobedient to God. No one is foolish enough to believe that if they deny the reality of death, they will live forever. We must all admit and accept what is: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life!”  

Prayer:  Open our hearts, Father, to the truths in Your Word and the reality of sin and salvation. May we look to You in faith, believing that You alone can save us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 

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