Psalm 106:3 How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!
I do not know about you, but I definitely not one does what this verse says. I do not practice righteousness at all times. None of us do. We all sin and fall short of this standard. Only one man ever lived up to it. That was of course Jesus. All the rest of us have failed, at least one time and if we are being honest that number is a lot higher than that.
Our failures are of course called sin. It includes not only what we do, but what we think and say. The Book of Romans says that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” God’s standard is the what the verse says, perfection. We are born with a sin nature. That means that when we are born, it is already sewed into our hearts to be sinners. Sin leaves a bad odor on us and when we have that odor God does not want us around Him. But God, loved us so much and He really wants to be around us, so He made a way for it to happen. The only thing that takes away the stench is blood. In the Old Testament people used to offer animal sacrifices to accomplish this, but that only worked for a short time. If we wanted to remove the stench once and for all, a man without the stench needed to did. That is where Jesus came in. Jesus lived a perfect life and then He died and shed His blood for us. When we ask Jesus to be our Savior, we are washed in His blood and the stench of sin is removed forever.
Have You done that yet? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior and asked Him to cleanse you? That is all it takes, to ask Him. There is no way for us to earn it or work our way to it. It is a gift, given to those who ask for it. If you have not asked, please do so today.
Dear Jesus, You are the only one who practices righteousness at all times. We all fail and sin. I thank you for the forgiveness You offer and that You cleanse us from our unrighteousness. You are truly amazing! Please be with anyone who reads this and work in their hearts, if they do not know You. I pray that they will call out to You and ask You to save them. Amen.