Romans 2:12–16 (ESV)
God’s Judgment and the Law
all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness,
and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
There is a problem in the above reading for today.
The problem is hidden and many will miss it. It says “13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” The problem lies in the “doers of the law
who will be justified." The problem is that we are all sinners, no one can keep the law perfectly. We all fall short. So in essence, we are all condemned and in need of the Gospel. Well... this will definitely come out in the book
of Romans. I think of that verse like a baited hook. It sure looks good and we often don’t see ourselves as sinners... it is everyone else. I think of Mac Davis’s song “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when your perfect
in every way...” To be honest, sometimes we loose sight of our sins and don’t see them.
I pray: O Lord, I know that I’m a Gentile and the Law was not given to us, but parts of
the Law are still written on our hearts. Help me to trust in your forgiveness, help me to see and to work on my sins. Help me to realize that even though I try to remove sin from my life, it is God’s Grace that saves me... not my works or