Prophet Jeremiah some 2-3 thousands years ago said, “The heart of man is wicked (deceitful and desperately evil) above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord searches the heart and examines the mind, to reward each person according to what their deeds deserve” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
No doubt, we live in a terrible time because of the wickedness of human heart which is reflected in our word and deed and how we relate to one another. The power of sin diminishes the capacity of human heart and we cannot rescue, help and deliver ourselves. Unashamedly we tell terrible lies to one another in order to have our way. We gossip and destroy others behind their back in order to feel good even though we lose our peace of mind in the process. We hold bitterness and evil in our heart against others we do not like or who may have offended us and we are unwilling to forgive and let go! The willful sin of omission and commission we daily engage for our fleshly appetite seems to be no match. The hatred engendered by self-righteousness often leads to the killing of innocent people. The killings of hundreds of Christian men and women, boys and girls in Plateau State of Nigeria this past week is a case in point. And yet we claim to have a functioning government and leaders ruling over us! We see sins being perpetuated all around us every day even in our own homes. It may be “small” or “big” sin, but does not matter because the Bible said, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
For all of us have received the grace of God’s love for forgiveness of our sin and the gift of eternal life, we have an obligation and responsibility to daily make effort to reach lost sinners with the good news of God’s love (John 3:16)
As a matter of fact, we must see people like Jesus did, “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distresses and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” and allow Him to use us reaching them (Matthew 9:36-38) - Dr. Johnson Omoni