“……so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
“……so that they are without excuse.”
Derek was a drug abuser who came to Bill and Joanie Yoder for help. After they had spent hours answering his questions from the Bible, Derek said, “It seems to me that it would be pretty cheap to come to God after all I’ve done and say to Him, ‘Well, God, how about forgiving me?’ It would be different if I could say that I hadn’t known any better when I did the things I did. But I knew that the things I did were wrong, not just after I did them, but as I was doing them.”
Derek had hit on an important truth: We do not have a valid excuse for our sin. God holds us responsible because through conscience He has revealed His moral laws to everyone in the world. While creation declares God’s power and majesty (Romans 1:20), conscience echoes His law loudly enough so that no one can plead ignorance (2:15).
Bill and Joanie explained to Derek that our only hope for release from the guilt that our responsibility carries with it is this: God offers forgiveness as a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ, who died in our place on the cross. Late one evening, Derek accepted God’s forgiveness. Brethren, whatever excuses there is, remember it’s only excuses, you can do above and beyond excuses if you really wants God’s forgiveness and enjoy His presence, and then you will have to give no more excuse in accepting God’s offer of forgiveness. We have no other choice and no other way but His way; the forgiveness of sin through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Until we are willing to own the sin, we cannot own the forgiveness. God accepts no excuses. If you make an excuse for sin, your sin will not be excused.
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