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.
Salt Lake Theater, circa 1862
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