“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - John 3:3
There have been many attempts to reform humankind. We had a Moral Re-Armament Movement in the Sixties which was an attempt to stop the decline in moral values.
But as the decades past, people are less inclined to accept the responsibility for their personal behaviour. There are a whole host of excuses, but one of the most popular has been to blame it on the environment in which they have been brought up.
It is true that if you are born in a poor neighbourhood you may have to face some hurdles. If your parents are heavy drinkers or abusive then it is a real problem. Yet I can give you lists of people who came from deprived or poor backgrounds, who have overcome these handicaps and turned out as good and productive citizens.
If it were true that environment was the real factor for bad and even criminal behaviour then all those born into well off and rich families should all be angels. But it is not so. Even people born into privileged positions become drug addicts, alcoholics and criminals.
So what causes people easily to do wrong and not right? The Bible says that the heart of man is desperately wicked. The problem is sin.
If man could help himself overcome evil then there would have been no need for Jesus to die on the cross. The truth is that all of humanity is held captive to sin by the devil, but the good news is that Jesus has redeemed and paid the price to set us free.
We now live in the kingdom of God, washed in the blood of Christ and empowered by His Spirit to live above sin and to bring glory to the name of the Father.
Dear Father God, thank You again for saving me and making me a new creation in Christ. Thank You that I live to serve You and to bring praise to Your name.