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POSTED: July 10, 2012 12:00 p.m.

The other day, one of my grandchildren was misbehaving and had to be reprimanded. He was told to tell his brother that he was sorry.

After a little persuasion, he finally said he was sorry but quickly added the phrase of “But I didn't do anything.” This is the attitude some have towards their sins against God. Since the Bible says that in order to receive forgiveness one has to ask, they are willing to go through the motions and say the right words but not take personal responsibility. Some will admit that they aren't perfect, but they would say that overall, they are good people.

The Bible says that everyone is born in sin. David said, “In sin did my mother conceive me.” The apostle Paul tells us, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

My grandson never escaped punishment as long as he kept denying responsibility. We will not receive forgiveness as a result of Christ’s sacrifice unless we admit that are in need of it.

The good news is it’s available and promised to those who will humbly confess. John tells us, “If we confess our sins, he (God) is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

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