Original sin and perpetuity

Written by Zachary Hagen
April 13, 2017

Pride. Self-righteousness. Stubbornness. These are words that we could use to describe ourselves when we make wrong choices.

We are not as good as we think we are, and that can scare us. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” is the message of Romans 3:23. We’ve all taken a bite of the proverbial “apple” and gone against what God wants for our lives.

More often than not, we think we can handle our lives and fall away from God’s will by being prideful. We become arrogant and refuse to see the truth because we are stubborn. Sin comes in many forms. For some, it’s holding onto anger does nothing for them, for others it is ignoring the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Recently, I have been convicted of my problems with self-righteousness and pride. I am proud of how good I am, but when I get on my knees before the almighty God, I am convicted that choices I have made away from Him have hurt me and have hurt others around me. And what good does that do? I have separated myself and my actions from the will of the Father. I am convicted on issues of faith, and what do I do?

The Bible tells us to make quarrels right between ourselves and to confess our sins. He has promised that, if we do that, He will be faithful, just, and to forgive us our sins. Perhaps you will remember a time where you have sinned and caused harm to your own life and to the lives of others. Have you made it right? Have you stopped eating the forbidden fruit? Do as Jesus said and “go and sin no more.”