What appears as interest in that which belongs to another on the surface can actually be rooted in deeply darkened covetousness.
What appears as admiration can be in reality nothing more than the blinding allures of lust.
The depth of depravity we truly possess from our fallen nature has sunken into our every range of thought and emotions and has perversely blinded us from the reality of our true motives behind our every vain ambition.
Even many who profess themselves to be a ‘work in progress’ with only the appearance of humility can actually be completely oblivious to the true depth of their very real need for grace.
For example, while only desiring some fickle or superficial victory with maybe ‘saying the wrong thing in public’, a person can be completely oblivious to the fact that they say the wrong thing because what they actually desire is contrary to what they ‘want to appear’ as wanting; the marks of a desperately wicked heart that no one but the Spirit of God alone can fully ever know.
If I’m wrong, then you’ll have to explain to me why men and women say ‘I do’ at the altar – claiming that they’ll selflessly love each other forever, and then separate at the first sign of real turbulence;
why people proclaim that ‘beauty is on the inside’ while sporting the latest fashions and accessories, aiming for the latest cars, striving for the nicest homes, and posting only their nicest pics seasoned with superficial happiness and excessive face paint;
why people claim to want faithful loving monogamy but can be neck deep in bondage to pornography and/or secret romances;
why we claim we want peace yet we do all the things that would hinder any such peace from ever truly existing: lying, cheating, gossiping, slander, carrying malice and hatred;
why when you ask people how they’re doing, they’ll reply ‘I’m fine’, yet can be drowning in alcohol or drug addiction, or struggling with thoughts of suicide;
why people can be long time avid church goers, yet be the perpetrators of some of the most heinous acts of debauchery and depravation known to mankind.
And yet, God looked upon this world with all of its warped and wicked corruption, and said to Himself that each and every one of us would be worth sending His Son to die for, so that we could all not only avoid the punishment we clearly deserve, but then to also receive an inheritance that none of our works have ever merited – eternal life – the very epitome of mercy and grace!
If that doesn’t sound like Good News to you…
If that doesn’t sound like the GREATEST news you’ve ever heard…
Then you’ve taken the time to understand the Gospel!
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him