This is my resumption message to you, having been away for a bit.
In relation to the state of man in relation to God and change, I have come to the following conclusions:
1. No man is perfect, neither is any too bad or beyond redemption. No condition of a man
is beyond God’s ability to modify or rectify
“Certainly, there is no one so righteous on earth that he always does what is good and never sins” [GOD’S WORD]
In my short lifetime, I have seen some start out burning and bright. In the course of time, they came DOWN, sadly, as a lost comet. And everyone wondered how that could be. I have also seen others who were damned in the hearts and speeches of many, turn out like crimson-stained cloth from the hands of a master fuller. I believe the precondition for the desired state is to be in the hands of the Fuller.
Jer _18:3 >>
“… I went down to the potter’s house, and he was doing his work on the stones.
And when the vessel, which he was forming out of earth, got damaged in the hand of the potter, he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
… am I not able to do with you as this potter does? says the Lord. See, like earth in the potter’s hand are you in My hands…” [Bible In Basic English]
2. There is some good in everyone.
This is like a natural consequence of #1. Indeed, taking aside all our biases and negativity, we would see the benevolence and generosity of God .
A story is told of a man in a small hamlet who was so bad no one had a kind word for or about him. In the same settlement lived another who was liked, none found it convenient speaking ill of him. Besides, the second, as a principle, never spoke ill of anyone.
One day the former dies, and at his funeral, the citizens wondered what really the good man would find to say about the deceased. To their surprise, at his turn to speak, just before the committal by the man of the cloth, he cleared his throat and spoke so graciously and eloquently of the departed having such a wonderful set of teeth!
‘The LORD says, “When there is new wine in the grapes, people squeeze out the wine. But they don’t completely destroy the grapes because the grapes can still be used. I will do the same thing to my servants. I will not destroy them completely.’ [Easy-to-Read Version]
I am acutely reminded of the words of a verse from the prodigious Fanny Crosby, in her hymn, “To God Be The Glory”
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer, the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.