Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
God calls us to know, love and serve Him. He gives us this ability out of His infinite Love for us. This ability is called free will. The opposite of free will is not love, but rather would be slavery of the soul or “bondage of the will” as one person put it.
Free will means that at times all of us will fall into sin. Some more often that others. Some more gravely than others. But with few exceptions we all sin. Do we know that we sin? What do we do with ourselves when we realize that we have sinned? Do we repent of that sin and attempt to avoid repeating that sin and anything that may lead to that sin and other sins? A few verses from now we’ll discuss that. What about when others explain to us that we have sinned? Is our reaction to accept that and repent? Or do we attempt to admonish the one admonishing us for our sins? Do we attempt to blame others for our sin or attempt to explain away our sin?
All to often we sin in an attempt to fill in a void in our hearts that only Jesus can fill. As I stated previously sin can become a drug of sorts. We try and fill some sort of emptiness with a sin and when that doesn’t fulfill us we are left even emptier and try to fill that hole with more and/or bigger sins. Soon we can become addicted to our sins. Not even knowing or caring about what we or doing and how those sins affect those around us. We become enslaved to our sins and the devil wants us to believe there is no way out of those sins so we may as well just keep doing it.
Jesus tells us those who seek to not sin, to live in willing obedience to a life that God is calling us to will be blessed. Not in material blessings but blessings of grace, strength, and courage to say no to sin, to overcome temptations to sin. Are we humble enough to admit we are sinners? Are we able to repent and seek Jesus? He’s got what we need. Only Jesus can satisfy what we are lacking. Only Jesus can fill that hole that sin cannot.