Portrait of a Sinner (Psalm 14:3)

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Some people claim that they are all right morally and don’t need the salvation provided by the Lord Jesus on the cross. They have the idea that they’re good enough to stand before God on their own merits. But if these people could themselves as they really are, as God sees them, they would be shocked!

H. L. Hastings told about a woman who was married to an alcoholic. The man thought he could “hold his liquor,” but he was continually making a humiliating spectacle of himself. So one day his wife, without his knowledge, took some pictures of him while he was dead drunk. A few days later, she laid them next to her husband’s plate at breakfast. Seeing them was a revelation to the alcoholic. He could no longer deny the truth of his condition. Hastings said, “How many there are who, at once and forever change the course of their lives.”

For God’s “photograph” of sinful man, read Romans 3:9-18. It’s a disturbingly clear picture of what we are really like, apart from His saving grace. It underscores our need for cleansing and forgiveness through the shed blood of Christ.

Have you ever taken a good look at yourself? Have you recognized your true appearance in God’s sight and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus? He will wash away your sins and make you a new creation. Then God will no longer see you as a sinner but as a saint! – Richard W. De Haan

Once I was foolish, and sin ruled my heart,

Causing my footsteps from God to depart;

Jesus has found me, happy my case –

I now am a sinner saved by grace! – Gray

Nothing so blinds us to the real character of sin as the fact that it is our own.

  • March 18, 1988, Our Daily Bread
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