No Shades of Gray (Romans 3:23)

There are no shades of gray when it comes to sin. All of us are sinners. We may justify different sins in our heart, contending that my sins are not of the magnitude of some others. While there are different consequences depending upon the sin, all sins are rebellion and disobedience to God.

God hates sin and He hates it when it destroys lives. Our feeble and misguided attempts to conquer sin in our lives have led to countless pop psychology books instructing us how to rid ourselves of the guilt of sin. Sin is not our fault, we are told, we are simply products of our environment.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26

There are no shades of gray in following Christ. The unspoken answer to Christ’s question is...nothing.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23

Sin cannot be reasoned away like an experiment in logic or solved like a math equation. We are born sinners and because of this, we chose to rebel against an all loving and powerful God, who wants to bless us with His complete and consuming love. But we think we know better than the Creator of the universe and choose to do things our way, apart from God. God loves us but He will not force us to do anything that we do not freely chose. And this includes loving and accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. To our last moment on this earth, God stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. All we have to do is let Him in. And if we do, our salvation is forever secured and we will be in the presence of Jesus Christ when we die.

There are no shades of gray. We either accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are eternally saved or reject Him and face an eternity forever removed and estranged from God’s love and presence.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.