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Daardie Diepgewortelde Skuldgevoel

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Romeine 3:23,24 Ons het immers almal gesondig. Ons almal het God beroof van die eer wat Hom toekom. Maar nou spreek God ons in sy genade vry op grond van die verlossing wat Christus Jesus vir ons verkry het – en dit sonder enige verdienste van ons kant. (NLV)

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There are many obvious things about each one of us that are there naturally because they’re encoded in our DNA; handed down from generation to generation. But there’s another thing that’s been handed down to us which may not be quite so obvious: an unshakeable sense of guilt.

Now at this point you might be thinking to yourself, I’ve never felt all that guilty of anything. That may be true, but because of the way our thinking’s morphed from days of old in a world that’s becoming increasingly individualistic and self-absorbed, I’d be surprised if you haven’t felt, at least from time to time, a deep sense of inadequacy that comes from that same root of guilt … just with a different flavour.

There’s a reason for that. It’s because the stain of sin, of rebellion against God, has also been handed down to us from generation to generation.  The fact of the matter is this –  that …

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness.

You can’t get away from that. That’s why that sense of guilt or inadequacy seems to be utterly unshakeable. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God through our sin, but we …

Romans 3:24 … are made right with God by his grace. This is a free gift. [We’re] made right with God by being made free from sin through Jesus Christ.

When you choose to believe in Jesus, the free gift of God’s grace purchased on that blood-stained Cross will wash the guilt away, because the price Jesus paid for you gives you a right-standing before God. This is a free gift! How can we know that? Because …

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.