“Psalm 51:5 “Behold I was brought forth in sin and shaped in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
The expression, “born in sin and shaped in iniquity,” means that we all had a sinful nature from conception!
Certainly, we could not have committed any sins while we were in the womb, but that, the sin-nature entangles each human being from conception!
It doesn’t mean that we cannot perform good and notable acts of kindness, but that this sin-nature (the ideal relationship between an individual and God)…from the moment of conception, alienates us all, from the Living God, and this alienated nature, comes along with a strong tendency to miss this ideal relationship.
When judged by God’s standard of perfection, no person has a chance to “earn” God’s favor. Everyone falls short. We cannot reform ourselves, (remember that when trying to set your New Years Resolutions), but we must totally rely on the free gift of God’s grace, that He showers on us. Through Jesus, God not only forgives our sins, but He also gives us a “new capacity to sort out our issues and the wisdom to receive workable solutions…that can be both godly, as well as good!
Accept this free gift as you step into a New Year 2018…a new mind, a new heart and a new capacity to be fulfilled! Happy New Year!