Today’s Scripture: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

The Bible is a book of great hope for those who know God. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, the Apostle Paul lists a litany of sinful behaviors—an exhaustive list that not even the most charitable person on this planet could escape. It seems to be a hopeless scenario because possession of even one of these traits is enough to keep a person from Heaven.

But, the very next verse describes our grand and glorious position as redeemed sinners. The Apostle eloquently writes, “But such were some of you.” Christian, when God sees us, He doesn’t see the dark stain of sin that is our life. He sees the beautiful white purity of His own Son’s righteousness covering us. We have been made clean by the blood of Jesus.

Isn’t that a wonderful thought? To look at what we were and now see what we are. If you’ve failed God recently or feel as though you’re just not “making the cut” in the Christian life, take heart at this reality. God doesn’t view you as the wicked sinner you once were. He sees you as the redeemed child that you now are.

I hope that encourages you throughout your day today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder