Scripture in the Morning #56
An neat quote from A.W. Pink about Christians…
“It is not the absence of sin that distinguishes the child of God from empty professors: it is grieving over the sin we commit that characterizes those that are His.”
Here Pink seems to assume many Biblical realities. First, it is that we, even once saved, still struggle with sin and we continue to commit sin throughout our walk in this world. Second, it is assumed by Pink that there are those who seemingly assert that they do not sin (or sin little). Third, for us to know whether we are truly His – that is, God’s chosen, saved by grace – it is not so much about whether we still sin (because we do). Rather, it is about whether we grieve over that sin, are convicted by it and saddened by it.
Perhaps what he is saying is this: if when we sin today we feel bad, we feel as though our sin dishonors God and we desire that the Lord move us away from such sinning – if this is what we desire – well… that desire alone ensures that you are saved. For only a saved person grieves over their sin.
Before the Lord changed my heart I can assure you I sinned like crazy and never gave it a second thought. Now, with a changed heart, I still sin like crazy – but I know I am a sinner, I know I am forgiven, and I desire not to continue sinning because I do not wish to dishonor God. The indicator that we are saved is the heart that says, earnestly, “woe is me, for I am a sinner” and “thank you Lord for your forgiveness.”
So, do you grieve over the sins you commit?
Finally, do you want a verse to orient your thinking this morning to launch you into prayers of thanksgiving? If so…
Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.
Praise God for His infinite forgiveness.