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In New Testament times, the national and religious pride of the Jews encouraged them to despise the
“Gentile dogs” and have nothing to do with them. Paul used this judgmental attitude to prove the guilt
of the seemingly pious; the very things they condemned in the Gentiles, they themselves were
practicing! They thought they were free from Judgment because they were God’s chosen people, but
Paul affirmed that God’s election of the Jews made their responsibility and accountability even
God’s judgment is according to truth. He does not have one standard for Jews and another for
Gentiles. One who reads the list of sins in Romans 1:29-32 cannot escape the fact that each of us is
guilty of at least one of them. There are “sins of the flesh and of the spirit.”
There are prodigal sons” and “elder brothers.” In condemning the Gentiles for their sins, the Jews
were really condemning themselves. How often are we guilty of the same things? As the old saying
puts it, “When you point your finger at somebody else, the other three are pointing at you.”
The Bible commands: “ Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from
everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God(2
Corinthians 7:1, NIV).
Also read: Romans 1:29-32; 3:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 15:11-32.
Action assignment: Study the list of sins in Romans 1:29-32. Search your heart and ask God to
forgive you for any of the sings you find there.

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