Who are you calling evil?

If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, now much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!–Matthew 7:11, NKJV

“If you, then, being evil. . .” Who today would dare address a crowd that way? And if someone did, wouldn’t everyone be too offended to listen to the rest of the message? We like to think of ourselves–and all of humanity–as basically good.

The Bible describes many occasions on which a crowd was so angry with Jesus that they argued heatedly, or even wanted to kill him. So where is the outrage here? It seems no one was offended at the offhand way Jesus called them evil.

“There is none who does good, no, not one.”–Psalm 14:3b.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”–Romans 3:23.

Jesus and those who heard his words without getting mad at him are right. Anyone who takes offense is wrong.

If we are evil by nature, shouldn’t we turn to God and seek his righteousness?


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