Devotion for the First Sunday in Lent

As it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
  no one understands;
  no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; 
together they have become worthless;
  no one does good,
  not even one.”
~ Romans 3:10-12

We all like to think of ourselves as good, but we aren’t. We compare ourselves to notorious sinners, such as murderers, and we decide we’re in pretty good shape morally. But we are not. Jesus told us hating our brother is the same as murder. Lust in our heart is the same as adultery. Taking a pencil from our employer is the same as stealing millions of dollars. Perhaps the hardest step in repenting is recognizing and admitting our own sin.

Lord God, You are too holy to permit iniquity, and I am filled with iniquity. My biggest sin is not recognizing and admitting how sinful I am. Open the eyes of my heart to my own sin and give me true repentance. Forgive me when I repent and empower me by the Holy Spirit to walk in Your ways. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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