Too Much Of A Sinner?

Thursday, September 29, 2022
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The Bible is a library, an inspired collection of 66 books written by different people over thousands of years, in a wide range of literary styles. One of my favourite biblical literary genres is that of the simple narrative, with stories of real people facing real-life predicaments. All too often, I personally identify with their foibles! One such story highlights Peter in a predicament that he faced when Jesus was in his fishing boat. Jesus told Peter to let down his net for a catch. Skeptical Peter, replying that their hard efforts of fishing all night had brought no results, nonetheless obeyed Jesus. Immediately, his net was so full of fish that it began to break. Peter, realizing Who was controlling this fishing expedition, was immediately contrite. In addition to feeling remorse, he was filled with doubt as to his worthiness to be a follower of Jesus.

Luke 5:8 – When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, "Oh, sir, please leave us — I'm too much of a sinner for you to have around." (TLB)

We may sometimes identify with impetuous Peter who — well-meaning though he was — often seemed to dash and crash his way through life. We, too, may find ourselves totally baffled, wondering how it is possible to comply with everything that God requires. Do we echo Peter's feeling of being "too much of a sinner" for Him to have us around? How can God tolerate any of us in our sinful condition, when His penalty for our sin is death?

How grateful we can be that God freely provided the solution by sending Jesus to be our substitute. Jesus' death in our place justifies us with God when we believe and accept His gift of forgiveness.

But what about everyday living after we have entered this life of faith? How can we make our decisions and live a life that pleases God each day? The Bible is not simply a rule book to be read for instruction in how to play the game of life. It is not just a policy manual to keep everyone in line. Nonetheless, we can be assured that though there may not be crystal-clear directives for each instance that we may face, many of God's commands encompass a wide range of life's circumstances. We can be encouraged that we are never "too much of a sinner" to earnestly follow His ways.

James 2:8 – If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. (NIV)

Thought to ponder: Do I live a life pleasing God by exhibiting love for others that equals my love for myself?

Pray with me:

Prayer: O Lord, You know my heart, and You know my ways. I desire to please and serve You, but so often, I fail. Help me to learn to love others as myself, thus showing a heart of obedience. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Gail.

    Thanks, Gail. I identify with this!

    Thank you, Gail, for another of your special and encouraging devotionals. Yes, it is important that we reach out to others with love and care just as Jesus instructs in His word. Blessings as you continue to share your writings.

    Thank you for your very thoughtful devotional. I smiled as I read the phrase, “dash and crash.” I can relate. That we have our precious Jesus who took all of our sins onto himself, is so amazing. And, to have a “Library” of God’s word, is too.

    HI Gail,
    Wish you hadn’t asked that question at the end because I am sure I work harder at pleasing and doing for myself than for others. HOWEVER, your devotional reminds me that I should try harder!
    Thanks for writing.

    Good morning, Gail,
    I can relate to your words this morning, as I always do. I am sure we all at times wonder why we do, think, or say certain things. We are never too much of a sinner indeed, that we can’t be forgiven. Thank you for writing.

    Dear Gail, it was just a couple of days ago, after reading a morning devotional, that the enemy tried to convince me I was too unworthy to share God’s gospel through writing. Thank you for this Scripture reminder of how much Jesus loves us, has a plan for our life, and has promised “I (we)can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
    Keep sharing the “good news!”

    Good morning, Gail,
    Starting with a question for me, is a great way to get my mind thinking and mulling over where you are going with your message.
    I think at times we all feel that we just can’t avoid being a sinner in this world. Even with the help of our Holy Spirit, we fail often. I like your message and the positive way you look at this topic. I finish feeling encouraged and ready to pray your prayer and begin my day.
    Thank you. Blessings and joy.

    Hi Gail, yes, often say with Paul, so wretched (wo)man that I am, who can save me? Thanks be to God.. the man Christ Jesus! It’s always Jesus!

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