by Rev Joel Yong
While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.
They were really sorry for their sins.
They didn’t say “I am not so bad compared to the serial killers.”
Neither did they say “So I was wrong, get over it and move on already.”
No. They were saddened and regretful!
- No sin is small
- All sin hurts men and God
- Sin separated them from God
The Bible uses a word to describe people who aren’t sorry or who repeatedly sin. The word is “hardened”.
It means such people were no longer sensitive to the severity and magnitude of sin.
Like armor plating- their hearts were insulated against feeling any remorse or guilt or sorrow when they sinned.
Lord, help me to reflect daily on my sin and confess them before You. So doing, may our hearts never harden and our spirit always lean towards You and nothing else as our guiding light in this life.