Into Practice …

Human Thinking …

Romans 3:5-8 NLT

[5] “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.)

[6] Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world?

[7] “But,” someone might still argue, “how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?”

[8] And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Those who say such things deserve to be condemned.

Reflection …

The first few verses of Romans chapter three talk about God’s faithfulness. He is always faithful and we human beings are not. Yet, we like to think that we have it all together, we rationalize our actions and try to validate what we do, especially things that are are sinful or verge on the edge of being questionable.

After all . . .

  • God’s grace all about forgiveness.
  • God’s love is so great that He won’t judge us.
  • Sin teaches valuable lessons.
  • We need to identify with our humanity or culture.

While these things are true, we must not take God’s grace for granted, abuse His love for us by thinking that He will overlook sin, or think that He will accept our excuses as justification.

“No matter how many excuses we make, we will have to answer to God for our sin.” *

We need standards in order to live in community with others, we certainly need them to live in communion with God. Let’s not think that we are so great that we need not be accountable for the life we’ve been given.

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* Life Application Study Bible, Commentary on Romans 3:5-8.