morality of the world around us seems to be steadily declining, there is still,
and will always be, an innate longing within people to erase the guilt of
wrongs committed and to return to a state of innocence. Images of our past sins etched into our minds
leave us yearning for an earlier time when no sinful guilt burdened us. But, in reality, this is more than just a dream;
it is something that the Lord expects from us.
He said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3).
Jesus also scolded those who tried to prevent little children from
coming to Him, saying, “…to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew
go back to our youth, to the literal time when no sin had been lain on our account.
And it is certain that no one who is of the proper age and level of
comprehension is without sin. “For all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans
are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3).
Being converted to Christ requires that one take on the humility of a
child. We must realize the hopeless
state of our souls without Jesus.
“Blessed are those who mourn” (v. 4).
Like children, we must grieve over wrongs we have done, and seek the
proper path to make those wrongs right (II Cor