Romans 3:20-23
Memorise Romans 3:23
“for all have sinned…”

People today really do not like being told that they are sinners. If you do so, they would label you as being judgmental, or a religious bigot. However, this is a cold hard truth that everyone must all face up to. We have all sinned, we have fallen short of the glory of God, and we will all have to receive the wages due for the sins that we have committed – that is death.

Though I may not know you, I do know one thing that is certain about you, and that is you are definitely a sinner. It might be a difficult fact to swallow, and we may not like it, but it is the truth. There is no denying the fact that every day of our lives we sin. We transgress against the commandments of God, and do not do that which is required of us. We are all rebels, constantly grieving the Holy Spirit and showing ingratitude for the God who created us and gave us life. Paul in his address to the Romans does not mince his words, in declaring that all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God. He does not hold back at all as he tells them that everyone without exception is a sinner, whether you are a Jew or a Gentile.

Likewise for us, we must face up to sin for what it really is. We must understand the seriousness of sin, and God’s absolute hatred for sin. We must realize how terribly we have offended God by being the sinners that we are, and then come to repentance before Him. Yes we are sinners, but we are sinners who have been promised hope. God has provided for us a Saviour who has redeemed us from our sin, and made us righteous before God. Not to say we are no longer sinners, for we still do sin. But we have also been given a freedom from sin, and are no longer captive to its terrible bondage. We have the ability to be dead unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:11). Therefore treasure this freedom that you have, and daily endeavour to struggle to overcome the many temptations to sin that come your way. We may be sinners, but we can have victory over our sin, because we have Christ and the Holy Spirit with us.

Dear teen, if you have repented and believed in Jesus, you indeed are blessed. Yet we have the responsibility to continue to resist the sins that beset us. You need to endeavour to say no to sin, the world and Satan, and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day of your life.

Thought: I may be a sinner, but I can choose not to sin.
Prayer: O Lord, grant me the strength to overcome sin and be victorious in Christ.