Friday, January 29, 2010

Sinner: A Self-Perception

Matthew 9:12-13 includes: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick…I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Those who don’t see themselves as sick sinners have a hard time accepting the need for a real Redeemer;those who recognize their sickness and sins accept that need much more readily. In a very real and powerful way, how one views one's own sinfulness is every bit as imporant, if not more so, as how others view one's righteousness. The key, I believe, is to recognize one's inherenet unworthiness while not being overwhelmed by it - to hold unto faith that our Redeemer will sanctify our efforts and change our very nature.


Anonymous said...

I was particularly encouraged by elder Eyring's talk at last conference reminding us of the significance of the process and the succor we can receive as we engage with one another on that journey.It came at a moment of particular frustration with my own limitations.

Patty said...

In some ways I feel blessed to have had to repent of such serious sins because I have a much greater appreciation for what the Savior has done and will do for us than I think a lot of other people do. I try not to get complacent in thinking that because I've overcome serious sins I don't need to worry about the daily ones that distance me from God.


That's right! It's untrue to think "ourselves" righteous..
when scripture clearly tells us that we are not!
So all of our efforts to be righteous are in vain!
It is through Christ's righteousness alone that
we can be saved!
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness's are as filthy rags and we all do fade as a leaf and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


1 Corinthians 1:30-31

30.But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.