“27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”
The pride that we, as humans, are faced with, due to the sin in this world is what leads to separation from God. This pride tells us that we have power and wisdom. This pride tells us that we are always right no matter what anyone else says. Most significantly this pride attempts to justify the sin in our life.
Sin is not just a physical action that i deemed wrong. Sin being separated from God, so when we think about it sin is actually a matter of the heart. If there is no sin in the heart then all of our actions and all the words that come out of our mouth will be pure. Because of the sin of Adam we must ask the Lord to help us with this sin daily.
The biggest act of kindness is the act of forgiving. Jesus came and healed many people and did many marvelous works. However, the most gracious blessing He bestowed upon us, was to forgive us. However, as humans this is the very thing we have the hardest time dealing with. Accepting that we were wrong, apologizing, and forgiving. From the very beginning when Adam and Eve first sinned, the first thing they did was point the finger. Adam pointed at Eve and Eve pointed at the serpent, they were reluctant to accept that they had messed up and disobeyed God.
When we are reluctant to accept responsibility for our actions we seperate ourselves from God. We say that although we deserved forgiveness others are not. We try to out wit the Lord, but the Lord knows the condition of our Heart. When we accept responsibility for our actions, we allow the Lord to enter into our lives and make all things new. These elders who were persecuting the Apostles did not want to accept that they had Crucified the Messiah, so they would rather have nothing to do with Christ, than accepting responsibility and accepting Christ, so that they can have a new beginning.
Today examine yourself and all the relationships in your life. Is there a relationship that needs mending? Take the time to mend those relationships because when we forgive as Jesus forgave us, we open ourself up for the Lord to enter in and take us to a new level! Let the Lord be with you today.