2013-02-26 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Falling Short
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Read Romans 3:21-26

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

- Romans 3:23 (NRSV)

More than any time in the church year, the season of Lent brings us face to face with sinfulness. Though it may be difficult for some of us to think of ourselves as sinners, Paul boldly said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” None of us is spared the taint of sin because all of us have asserted our will against God. Sin has such a hold on us that we do not have the power to break out of sin by our own actions or through our resolutions or decisions. Sin is always there before us, and it is vast and inescapable. We cannot run away from it or hide from it or deny it. If we compare ourselves to others, we may feel virtuous; but we are no better and no worse than our neighbors. However, another comparison is larger and more important. During Lent, we compare ourselves not to our neighbors but to Christ and to what God wants for us. We sin each time we fail to love as Christ taught us. Lent helps us to see ourselves as sinners, and Easter brings the good news that Christ redeems us from that sin.

Joe E. Pennel, Jr.

(Tennessee, USA)

Thought for the Day: Christ bridges the gap between who we are and who God calls us to be.

Prayer: O God, thank you for loving us enough to redeem us from our sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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