A Man “Is Drinking In Unrighteousness”

What is mortal man that he should be pure, Or anyone born of a woman that he should be righteous? Look! He has no faith in his holy ones, And even the heavens are not pure in his eyes.How much less so when a person is detestable and corrupt, A man who drinks in unrighteousness just like water!

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What is mortal man that he should be clean, or that anyone born of a woman should be in the right?” asked Eliphaz. Then he proceeded to answer, saying: “Look! In his holy ones [God] has no faith, and the heavens themselves are actually not clean in his eyes. How much less so when one is detestable and corrupt, a man who is drinking in unrighteousness just like water!”  Eliphaz was telling Job that Jehovah considers no human righteous. The Devil too plays on negative thinking. He wants us to worry about past mistakes, become overly self-critical, and think that we are irredeemable. He also wants us to overestimate what Jehovah expects of us and to underestimate His compassion, forgiveness, and support.

Of course, all of us have “sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” No imperfect human can meet Jehovah’s perfect standards.  However, that does not mean that we are worthless to him. Jehovah knows that it is “the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan,” who is taking advantage of our sinful condition.  Aware that “we are dust,” God makes allowances for us and does not “keep finding fault” with us.

If we abandon a wicked course and approach Jehovah with a contrite heart and a repentant spirit, “he will forgive in a large way.” Even though our sins “should prove to be as scarlet, they will be made white just like snow,” says the Bible.  Let us, therefore, be determined never to give up in trying to do God’s will.

In our sinful state, we can never earn a righteous standing before God. Adam and Eve lost perfection and the prospect of everlasting life not just for themselves but for all of us.  Because of his great love for mankind, however, Jehovah made provision to forgive our sins if we exercise faith in the ransom sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. What a wonderful expression of God’s “undeserved kindness”!  We are redeemable! Why, then, should we allow Satan to make us think that we are not?

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~ by DJ Camstar on 08/03/2017.

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