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Today’s Bible Reading:

Judges 8:18–9:21
Luke 23:44–24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Proverbs 14:9 (NLT): “Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

It is doubtful that any of us can go for any significant amount of time without breaking one of God’s commandments. I’m not trying to be negative. I’m just acknowledging the fact that we are utterly dependent upon the Cross in each moment of our life.

Whether it is a sinful action, or a sinful thought, or even a sinful motivation or attitude, all of us struggle to live in constant conformity to God’s standard.

So, while we must rely upon prayer, meditating upon God’s Word, resting in the power of the Holy Spirit, and a few other things to give us victory over sin, what do we do once we have sinned?

Our Verse for the Day tells us that the person who fails to acknowledge the offense of their sin and refuses to make amends with God is a fool.

Proverbs 14:9 (NLT): “Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.”

Why is he a fool? Because the one who DOES make amends for his sin by acknowledging it to God and turning from it (repentance) will receive God’s favor. They will experience the cleansing power of forgiveness. They will enjoy being reconciled (renewed fellowship) with God. They will avoid the consequences of sin. On and on we could go.

So, when you and I sin today, will we be a fool? The answer to that question is determined by whether or not we remain indifferent to the sin or whether we seek to make it right with God and others. 

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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