Words, something you cannot keep

How often in life have we said things in haste that we wished we could take back.  It is as if in our minds that things get on the tip of our tongue and we try to capture them before they slip out, but by this moment it’s impossible to stop because as a person thinks in their heart so they are.

As I was finishing Matthew, 26-28 and then moving into the first four chapters of Romans I felt the weight of words. Peter in Matthew 26 made a bold declaration, “I will never be made to stumble.”  He follows this up with a bold defense in cutting off a soldiers ear.  However within a few hours we see Peter now following at a distance from his Lord and then by the time we end chapter 26 we find Peter departing from the Lord in shame.

How could a man make a bold declaration of words and then end up departing from those words?  Why was he unable to keep those words?  Jesus gives us the answer, “The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak,” 26:41.  Peter wanted to keep his word but his old nature got the best of him.

I wonder is there anyone who reads this today who can say, “I have never sinned?”  I wonder is there anyone who can say, “I always say and do the things that God wants me to do?”  In case you are wondering, the answer is NO!!!

At this moment, I feel not only the weight of words but I feel the weight of sin.  I know that I say and do things that I should not.  This morning I limped from Matthew’s readings with the weight of the fact that Jesus suffering was because of my sin.

But I have good news, As I limped I turned to the book of Romans and discovered that my sin debt has been paid in full by Jesus Christ.  “We have the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ,”  Romans 3:22.

I am so thankful that Jesus kept His word in being the sinless sacrifice for my sins and for your sins.  I am so thankful that He has given me a new nature that is empowered by the Holy Spirit to live and speak as He would have me to speak.

As I read chapter four in the book of Romans, I encourage you to do the same, I felt the weight life because I realized it is not my words, nor my works that saved me.  It is His work alone.  I realized I must allow Him to work in me so that I can speak and act as I should.  Praise be to His name.

I leave you with the precious word of the Lord, ” But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justified the ungodly his faith is accounted for righteousness,”  Romans 4:5.

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