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No Man is an Island

Posted by Donna Pruet on

Ezekiel 18:23-32

There is an old saying that no man is an island. That is very true. We are all shaped and influenced by significant people and circumstances in our lives, both good and bad. But people are not perfect. Some of us are still dealing with the scars of abuse from either a parent or a spouse. Others of us are trying to pick up the pieces from an unwanted divorce. Maybe we’re mourning the loss of a friendship that has somehow gone bad. But often times we try to blame our bad decisions on other people. It’s important for us to remember that we will each be judged for our own decisions and our own sins. We will be held personally responsible for our own actions and we cannot blame our sin on other people.

So there are three important questions we need to honestly ask, answer and act upon:

1. Am I blaming my sin on the sins of others?

2. Am I willing to take personal ownership of my sin?

3. Am I willing to turn from my sin and turn to God?

God is not begrudging. Rather, he is pleased, thrilled, delighted and satisfied when you come to Him and live. Imagine the God of the universe, pleased with you! Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

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