I Just Couldn't Help Myself [Tract]

I Just Couldn't Help Myself
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A just weight and balance are the Lord's: all the weights of the bag are his work.
The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
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I Just Couldn’t Help Myself

“I just couldn’t help myself; that bud smelled sooooo good,” said David Allen Thompson as he was booked in the small Pennsylvania town of Charleroi. The list of charges looks pretty nasty …

– theft by unlawful taking,

– receiving stolen property,

– tampering with/fabricating physical evidence,

– possession of a small amount of marijuana.

So where did 27-year-old David get his marijuana stash? From the desk of Officer David Kimball at the Charleroi Regional Police station. David Thompson had dropped by of his own free will to do the good deed of telling the police where they could find some real criminals. In the process, he noticed an evidence bag of “weed” sitting on the officer’s desk for a case that he was writing up. While the officer was distracted, he slipped it into his pocket.

When Officer Kimball couldn’t find the bag, he headed outside the police station hunting for David. Within five minutes, Kimball spotted him walking by. Upon being asked, “What did you do with the weed?” David dropped the baggie back into Officer Kimball’s hands.

Inside the station while he was being booked, David said, “Man, I’m guilty. Can’t you just give me a fine or something?”

Before you stop shaking your head and wondering about David’s IQ, answer this little questionnaire for yourself:

– Are there any big criminals out there that you’d be happy for God to take care of?

– Do some sins sound soooo good that a little bit once in a while is irresistible for a mere human?

– Do you tell God the size His “fine” should be?

Remember, “a just weight and balance are the Lord’s” (Proverbs 16:11). He’ll do a perfect job of examining our “rap sheets.” Will it be wiped clean by the blood of Christ, or will it require you to answer for yourself for what you yourself have to say “Man, I’m guilty” about?

– “The thought of foolishness is sin” (Proverbs 24:9).

– “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

– “Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:22).

While God takes sin very seriously, He’s also made a perfect provision for any who wish to have their “sin charges” cleared from His official record. Here’s one way that He expresses it: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Societies adjust the penalties for crimes with plea bargains, reduced sentences, adjusting the legal penalties, and clemency programs. All of this helps deal with overburdened criminal justice systems that can’t handle court backlogs and prison costs. Certain actions, such as some marijuana sales, are even decriminalized. God never needs to adjust His standard to accommodate unforeseen problems or because He isn’t able to deal with the flood of sin. Instead, He carried out the maximum penalty against sin on the cross of Calvary when Jesus Christ suffered to put away sin. Now God offers free pardon — and so much more — to any who receive His free gift. But the offer is only on His terms. It is never a negotiated settlement. He says, “Repent … and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15), not “do your best and I’ll let you off the hook.” Will you say, “I’m guilty as charged and I just can’t help myself. Thank You for your free gift of undeserved eternal life”? Or, “I just couldn’t help myself last time, but now I want to try and be better next time”? Only one of those two is acceptable to God.

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