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The Good Seed - Monday, July 6, 2020
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Your iniquities have separated you from your God.
Isaiah 59:2

Landslips and scree avalanches caused by constant torrential rain in mountainous districts frequently cut off houses or even whole villages from their surroundings. Streets and paths are blocked, and help can often come only from the air.

In people’s lives there is also a blocked pathway: it is the way to God. What causes the blockage? Another form of nature – man’s nature: sin! Our sins prevent contact with God. In this case, too, help can come solely from above.

What is sin? That murder and violent robbery are sins is understandable. Infidelity towards one’s married partner is equally regarded as sin by many. But such coarse sins that affect our fellow men do not provide a clear idea of what God understands by sin: “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).

Man wishes to be independent of God. He fails to ask after God and His standards. That is “lawlessness”. So whatever any­one does in this attitude is sin in God’s sight. This can mean that things that in man’s opinion are permissible also hinder or prevent any contact with God.

There is, however, One who clears the hindrance from the pathway leading to God: Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible reports: “He was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). His redeeming work at Calvary has opened up the way to God. Whoever admits his sins and confesses them to God can rest on Christ and His redeeming work by faith and rejoice that God is ever available for us to approach Him:

Today’s reading: Leviticus 19:1-37 · Psalm 67:1-8


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