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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Responsibility

By Larry Pasley

    “Little Emily ran into the house, crying as though her heart would break.
    ‘What’s wrong, dear?’ asked her father.
    ‘My doll! Billy broke it!’ she sobbed.
    ‘How did he break it, Emily?’
    ‘I hit him over the head with it.”
    That’s about the way many people today try to get away from accepting responsibility for their actions. It doesn’t matter what happens to them, it’s always someone else’s fault.
     We may get away with those excuses and blame here on earth but when we stand before God in judgment, we will have to accept responsibility for our actions.
     God is all-seeing and all-knowing and we will not be able to fool Him in blaming someone else for our actions.
     Each of us will answer for our own sins when we stand before God in judgment.
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
     As Christians the good we have done in the past will not protect us if we turn back to a life of sin.
Ezekiel 18:24 "But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.
     God promises that if we turn from our sins, He will forgive us.
Ezekiel 18:21-23  "But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. 23 Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, "and not that he should turn from his ways and live?"
     If you have not repented of sin in your life, it is my prayer that you will do so, before it is too late.

- Larry Pasley serves as a minister with the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Alexandria, LA. He may be contacted through the congregation's website.


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