1 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?
2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.
3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.
4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
5 His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6 He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9 He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.
13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.
17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
Through most of the first part of this chapter, the message is delivered that the wicked continue down their path, and increase in evil, because the “get away” with it. This seems to happen so often before our eyes that many feel God doesn’t care, or as in verse 11, that He doesn’t see it. The fact is, they have been blinded by their own sin.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Even if they never receive punishment here on earth, or simply that we don’t see it, God sees it and will reckon it to them when they stand in judgment before Him.
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
I might point out to you, that in Romans 1, the audience Paul was speaking to in the beginning of the chapter were Christians there in Rome. The audience never changed! Many have falsely believed such verses as those in Romans 1:28-32 were to non-believers, it was still to the Christians. See, the problem is, we are still human, and can cave into sin. In today’s age, I see more and more Christians trying to cover up their sin being pointed out by exclaiming “judge not lest ye be judged”. Sadly, this shows their Biblical incompetence. Most of them don’t know IF it is really in the Bible because they are parroting what they have heard others say, or if they know it is, they don’t know where in the Bible it is. The verse is in Matthew 7, and in context, you can read verses 1-5. Without going into a whole new topic, when you read these verses, you see Jesus said not to be guilty of the same thing you go to someone else about, or you are a hypocrite. However, if you remove that fault, notice Jesus then tells you that you CAN go to that person about it.
So why do we point out to our Christian brothers and sisters a sin in their life? Not to be haughty or think of ourselves better, for we all have faults in our life. Rather, it is to help them, to edify each other, and to guide one another to walk more closely in the footsteps of Jesus. When done in the right Spirit, Jesus fully condones this in His word.
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The sad thing I see is when someone receives correction, they are quick to try and point out a fault with that person and ask why they have a right to say anything. An example would be, I go to a brother to talk to him about the foul language he is using. In turn, he says that sin is sin to God, and I am overweight, so I have no right to tell him he is wrong about something. Nothing could be much farther from biblical truth, and in fact is ludicrous that someone would have such a failure in logic to say that. Does anything that I have done, or am doing, in my life, change whether or not what I spoke to this brother about in his life is right to carry on? Of course not! The person retaliates this way to try and justify sin in their life and/or to attempt to hide the conviction of it. It won’t stand up to the truth in the Bible, and it won’t be an excuse when they stand before Jesus. You can’t justify your sin based off what someone else does.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
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