Devotion written by MZBC

Do We Really Get Away With Sin?
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? --- Romans 6:1-2

Meet Brother and Sister Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda-Butt (no relation to each other, and,  yes - the pun is intended)! They proudly stand in Eternity with God watching scenes from their former lives in the earth. They had lots of friends with whom they experienced everything that was considered living the 'American' dream. Then they drop to their knees. They see things they did in public and private with a spirit of selfishness, hatred, jealousy, deceit, and revenge. They observe people they do not recognize or ever remember seeing. Quickly, Brother and Sister Shoulda-Coulda-Woulda-Butt bombard God with their explanations...
"I couldn't help myself." 'I was looking out for me." 'Lord, I figured You would have stopped me if I wasn't supposed to do it." "Ithought it was a good idea at the time." "Nobody knew I took it." "It wasn't my fault."
God responds, "The people you do not recognize are My children - your brothers and sisters. You do not know them because you declined the 'Heavenly' dream to be blessings in their lives. You made up excuses, and you were selfish and abusive with the grace and mercy that I extended to you through the people Whom I assigned to you in your lifetime.  
This message is clear. Any one of us can be a Brother or Sister Woulda-Shoulda-Coulda-Butt. When God blesses us with His grace and mercy, He does not keep score of our sins, but He does execute perfect justice over our entire lives. You see, our sins impact each other and the Kingdom because we all are a part of God's body - the church. So, do we really get away with sin? No. But we can own up to it and ask for God's mercy and forgiveness. Jesus puts it this way: 'So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Amen.