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One summer, I decided that I would read through the book of Romans. I'm a detailed, orderly, organized person, so I thought that if I could read two chapters a day, that would take eight days to complete. That would be good — a good goal to set and to accomplish.
So I got my Bible and went outside to read on a beautiful, sunny, warm day. I read chapter one, then chapter two. But I couldn't quit. I kept reading and reading. I read the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth chapters before I could put my Bible down.
You see, I am a very judgmental person. A trusted friend suggested that I read the book of Romans, asking God to speak to me concerning my attitude.
It didn't take long for God to get my attention. The first verse in chapter two hit me right between the eyes.
Romans 2:1 – You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. (NLT)
The verses kept coming and coming.
Romans 2:11 – For God does not show favoritism. (NLT)
Romans 3:20 – For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. (NLT)
The truths of those verses! I cried out to the Lord, admitting how judgmental, critical, and proud I was, asking Him to forgive and cleanse me.
1 John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (NLT)
Romans 5:10-11 – For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (NLT)
Romans 11:33 – Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! (NLT)
Thank God, He forgives, He cleanses, He restores us. We can rejoice in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. What a wonderful God we have!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word that convicts us, that draws us to You, that heals us and restores us. We cannot fathom Your riches, wisdom, and knowledge. Yet we do know that You love us and want the best for us. If that means conviction of our sin and wrongdoings, then so be it. Thank You that you understand us, that you are just waiting to forgive us, and that You restore us so quickly. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Amen.