“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” – Genesis 4:7
When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.“I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. – Matthew 27:3-5
Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. – Matthew 26:75
Cain, Judas, and Simon Peter were three men who made grievous errors.
Cain was mad. He gave an offering God didn’t accept. But God accepted Cain’s brother’s offering. God sought Cain–concerned for him–and asks, “Why are you angry?” God even provides Cain with the solution for his anger, but Cain refuses God’s counsel. Cain’s anger festers and turns to hatred. In a jealous rage, Cain kills his brother.
The Bible tells us that Judas was a thief. He betrayed Jesus Christ for money. When Judas realizes his sin, he doesn’t seek God’s forgiveness, but takes his life.
Yet Simon Peter commits the most heinous crime of all. The disciple who had proclaimed, “You are the Christ, The Son of the living God,” promises he will never abandon Jesus. Jesus tells Peter he will deny Him, not once, but three times that very night. Peter rashly proclaims he would die with Jesus, even if everyone else abandoned Him. Within hours, Peter fails. He swore love, allegiance and devotion to Jesus, and then denied he even knew Him.
We’ve all sinned. Sin brings feelings of anger (blaming others), guilt (blaming self), sadness (sorrow), and finally, depression (despair). It’s dangerous to harbor these feelings. Relying on our own understanding is foolish. We must accept God’s counsel. It’s not enough to realize our sin. We must recognize our need for God’s forgiveness. If we refuse God’s wisdom, the only wisdom left is the wisdom of man, which leads to death.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. – Proverbs 14:12
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
~ Jericha Kingston
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