Billy Graham has delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and has ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational books, including Hope for the Troubled Heart, Nearing Home, and The Reason for My Hope: Salvation—the source of this week's readings.
What he Said … Sin by Any Other Name …
"Has the 'notion of sin' been lost?"
You may think this question would come from a preacher like me, but the question found its way not long ago into a USA Today headline. In the story that followed, the reporter asked, then answered another question: "Is sin dead? No, not by a long shot."
The USA Today reporter asked several people to describe sin. One young man said, "You know what sin is when you get a feeling in your gut that something's wrong."
Sin manifests itself in people's hearts. Self-interest lives in us, and it is at the very center of what prevents us from obeying God and keeps us distant from the God who loves us. Sin casts a search light on the sinner. When we see the little i cradled in the middle of this word, sin, we are looking at the guilty party. Men, women, and children need to be told that they are sinners. This is not my message. This is God's message. We can call sin a mistake, an error, or a psychological twist, but God calls it sin.
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Heavenly Father, thank you for the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Help me to have a healthy and realistic understanding of my sin, knowing that I needed your grace and mercy for my salvation, and I also need your grace and mercy each day of my Christian walk.
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