"Itís simply perverse to say, If my lies serve to show off Godís truth all the more gloriously, why blame me? Iím doing God a favor. Some people are actually trying to put such words in our mouths, claiming that we go around saying, The more evil we do, the more good God does, so letís just do it! Thatís pure slander, as Iím sure youíll agree.
Weíre All in the Same Sinking Boat
So where does that put us? Do we Jews get a better break than the others? Not really. Basically, all of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start out in identical conditions, which is to say that we all start out as sinners. Scripture leaves no doubt about it:
Thereís nobody living right, not even one,
nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God.
Theyíve all taken the wrong turn,
theyíve all wandered down blind alleys.
No oneís living right,
I canít find a single one.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Every word they speak is tinged with poison.
They open their mouths and pollute the air.
They race for the honor of sinner-of-the-year,
litter the land with heartbreak and ruin,
Donít know the first thing about living with others.
They never give God the time of day.
This makes it clear, doesnít it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And itís clear enough, isnít it, that weíre sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Our involvement with Godís revelation doesnít put us right with God. What it does is force us to face our complicity in everyone elseís sin. MSG"
Today's Prayer "THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Does your pet receive more money from you and live a better life than a child in Africa?
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. Revelations 22:12-14"
(Exodus 20:12) Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
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Today's Devotional for Children
Sometimes when we are raised in a family were our Fathers and Mothers are divorced we are taught to be loyal to one parent over the other. We are taught that lying is okay in order to get material things that we want, not caring that maybe the parent we are lying to loves us so much that they put you as first and foremost even before their own essential needs are met.
This is never okay or right, no matter what the parent we are most involved with says. We as Gods children are to never participate in lying or cheating anyone in order to get everything we want, let alone to do that to one of our parents whom God has commanded us to honor. If we do not follow Gods commandment on this, He will not bless us in other areas of our lives. God also tells us in the Holy Bible that all liars will burn in the bowl of fire if we do not repent and change our ways.
Heavenly Father help me to be a good, honest and loving child of God no matter what the circumstances. Please forgive me for any wrongdoing I may have participated in towards my Father or Mother in order to be loyal. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.