#DailyDevotion Friday June 2, 2017
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?” (Proverbs 20:9)
I have always heard people say; “young children are innocent, they are angels without sin.” Whereas it might be true that such children may not have transgressed through their words, actions, thoughts and omissions, they are sinners too. This is because one does not become a sinner by his sinful acts, but sinful acts are committed because one is a sinner. Mankind is a sinner from conception and at birth. In his confession after being convicted of adulterous act with Bathsheba, David acknowledged; “Surely, I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).
This affirmation by king David reveals a very important theological fact; that no one including babies can claim being clean and without sin—for all have sinned. Relatedly, David’s son—king Solomon in his proverbs makes the same affirmation in a rhetoric question; “Who can say, ‘have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’? (Proverbs 20:9). The answer to this question is; there is no one who can claim purity of the heart, none who can say “I am clean and without sin” because “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
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Mankind cannot claim purity and cleanliness of the heart since “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9) by any human action. Only God can declare one righteous—justified through Christ. All who seek righteousness through Christ are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). Even the redeemed of the Lord cannot claim being without sin—they are only forgiven sinners. Writing to believers, a people whom he described as “you who believe in the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13), John writes;
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (I John 1:8-10).
So, once again together with king Solomon, I ask; Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? There is none—not even babies can claim being free from sin, for all have sinned and are in a dire need of redemption. You can receive forgiveness and be washed by Christ’s blood from all unrighteousness to be declared righteous. Believe in the Lord Jesus—the Son of God, repent of all your sinfulness, ask the Holy Spirit to indwell you and walk day by day in light. Rev. J
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