God’s commandments are designed to show us two things: 1) that God’s standard is utter perfection in thought, word, and deed and 2) that we are “exceedingly sinful,” which is why the bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:3).
Paul said, “I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet,” (Romans 7:7).
“Sin is the transgression of the law,” (1 John 3:4).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us,” (1 John 1:8).
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him,” (1 John 2:4).
We make a mistake when we compare ourselves to others. It’s like two sheep standing in a field; viewed side-by-side, they both appear very white against the green background of a pasture. However, once a new snow begins to fall, those same sheep appear very dirty in contrast to the perfect whiteness of that snowy background. This is the way it is when we compare ourselves to God’s goodness: the bible says that “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags” to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6).
Why do people compare themselves to one another? They want to justify their sins, as if their sins were little things in the eyes of God. But what did Jesus say?
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Notice, many of the lost will confess to follow God, but their works deny Him:
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
We can tell a lot about people by how they receive the words of God:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
God does not hear the prayers of the wicked:
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
The bible talks about a religion pure and undefiled [which is as God defines religion]: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world,” (James 1:27).
However, man’s idea of ‘religion’ is evil: it was religious people who stoned the prophets, wanted to crucify the Son of God, and brought down the twin towers on 9/11. Historically, religion is the 2nd greatest cause of atrocities in history; #1 is tyrannical governments and atheistic communism in particular.
However, a religious mind set and communism are not the real problem: these are just symptoms. The real problem is the sinful heart of man.
Click HERE [easily memorize the 10 commandments].
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
God sees the sins of the wicked:
Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Why do some people hate the gospel? It reveals their sin and testifies of their evil:
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil,” (John 7:7).
“Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart,” (Proverbs 20:30).
“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful,” (Proverbs 27:5-6).
Fortunately, we are blessed for our obedience to witness to the lost [and those who affirm others’ sins are cursed]:
“He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them,” (Proverbs 24:24-25).
“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” (Psalms 94:16).
We are commanded to speak [to share the Lord’s wisdom and to preach the gospel], no matter the cost:
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Of course, there is the old stand-by:
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.