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The Perfect Sin?
Every Sunday morning at 8:15 I meet with a group in my office to prayer for Sunday’s activities. I always pray specifically for the sermon that I will be preaching. This morning I prayed that God would work through the Holy Spirit to apply the message to the heart of each person present. The sermon I had written attempted to weave two themes together. I was afraid that in attempting to preach both points the message might unravel and neither one be communicated effectively. The two themes were:
- God’s Marvelous Forgiveness For Even The Worst of Sinners
- The Terrible Consequences For Sin
The first message on redemption is the Gospel. The second message on consequences is the reality of breaking God’s law. I prayed that those who were racked with guilt and feeling hopeless might hear the message that God loves them more than they can know and desperately wants them to receive his healing so that they might walk in his grace. I prayed that those whose hearts had become hardened by sin might be convicted and turn to God in repentance. I did not verbally pray this (but did just now) that everyone might recognize that God’s laws are for our good and when we violate them we open up ourselves and our love ones to suffering consequences that can forever alter our futures.
After the sermon I’m often asked by those who were unable to attend how I thought the sermon went. I think it went fine. But the true value in the sermon will be seen in how God answers my prayers and how all of us respond to him.