How RIGHT is right?

How white is whiteA pastor had a beautiful white dog which he kept spotlessly clean by frequent washing, brushing and powdering.

One night, a winter storm dropped a fresh blanket of snow on the countryside, and the next morning, he was lost in wonder as he viewed the glistening splendour of the morning sun on the pure white snow.  What a brilliant sight!

As the pastor stood gazing out of his window, admiring the purity of the scene, he saw a drab, dirty looking dog walking along a covered area and wondered whose dog it was.  As it drew nearer he realised it was his own well-groomed pet. He let his dog in and found it was as spotless as always, but against the dazzling background of new snow, it appeared dirty.

In much the same way, our corrupt nature is clearly revealed when our lives are measured by the absolute standard of Divine holiness.

We might make a favourable impression when we compare ourselves with other people. Many people say, “Yes, I know I’m a sinner, but we all are, and I’m no worse than anyone else. In fact, I’m better than most” 

They are using the wrong standard!  They are like the 7 year old boy who declared he was over six feet tall . . . but he was using a six inch ruler and counting it as a 12 inch ruler.

He was using the wrong standard!

Not one of us can stand against the pure whiteness of the character of Christ.
HE is our standard. 
We ALL fall short of His glory because He is perfect. 
He is sinless and we are ALL sinners.

While it might be true that a person may be “better than most”
the fact remains that the person IS a sinner, and sin separates from God.
Romans 3:23  Everyone has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God. 
Isaiah 59:2 Your sins have separated you from God.

God makes no difference between what WE might term as minor sins and major sins, or big sins and little sins.  With God, sin is sin and NO sin will enter His holy presence.

For those who haven’t experienced His love, acceptance and forgiveness, He invites you to come

1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ died for our sins

1 Peter 3:18 New Living Translation
Christ died for our sins once for all time.
He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.
He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

 Romans 10:9-10  New Living Translation
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.

All blood-bought, adopted children of the living God though Jesus Christ
know the REALITY
of having our sins forgiven
and being clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21  New Living Translation
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

He TOOK our sin and GAVE us His righteousness!
What an exchange!  What a Saviour!
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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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7 Responses to How RIGHT is right?

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  2. Rob Barkman says:

    The power of His Word is clearly displayed to all of us in the principle you have mentioned. As we shine the light of the Word us, the dirt of sin becomes quite obvious in all of our lives. When we hide in the darkness and avoid the Word, many times, our sin fades away from our view. How important it is to always be in the Word and honestly look at ourselves in it’s light….
    “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:21-25)
    Thank you Angela, for a wonderful posting. Lord bless you

    • Thank you for adding those thoughts Rob – a great summary of the post. It is only as we look into the mirror of His Word that we truly see ourselves.
      Thankfully, when we agree with God about our sin, repent and confess to Him, He sees us as clothed with the righteousness of Christ and we have pure fellowship with Him.

      What an incredibly amazing God!

  3. mtsweat says:

    How so very true. With every nearing step towards my Savior, the reality of how much farther I need to go becomes. It’s why these words are so precious, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Clothed in His righteousness!

    • “Clothed in His righteousness” – could there be more meaningful words? It is ONLY because I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ that God can look on me as His very own blood-bought, adopted child and can shower me with the abundance of His blessings!

      Praise God that the old Communist chant of “pie in the sky when you die” doesn’t relate the truth. Yes, we have a glorious eternal inheritance, but we have His abiding presence and power HERE and NOW. He continues to mould us into the image of Christ and one day (soon) we will be presented FAULTLESS before His throne.

      What an incredibly amazing God!!!

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Oh yes, what can wash away my sins ?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus
    What can make me whole again?
    Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

    He takes away our filthy rags
    And makes us white as snow.
    As we offer ourselves to Him
    And own Him as our Saviour.

    He is so precious to me.

    • He is indeed precious!
      I praise Him for the cleansing blood and for the REALITY of our reconciliation to fellowship with Him. I praise Him for His continual presence and for His constant guidance, enabling and empowering as He undertakes for us each step of the way.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God who DELIGHTS to bless us abundantly.

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