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Today's reading: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29

It's not uncommon for me to say in a Bible study or a conversation with friend or someone who has asked me about being a Christian, that I sin every day. So when I read verse 20, "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins," it caught my attention. Many times when I make the statement that I am a sinner, I get a strange look and/or the perplexed response "But you're a Christian." I love it when that happens because I then have the opportunity to explain and talk about the fact that although my sins have been forgiven through Christ's death on the cross, I'm still human which means I'm not, and will never be, "sinless" this side of heaven. However, as a follower of Christ, my aim is to grow in my relationship with God, and in so doing, be more aware of my sin and strive to sin less and less each day.

Was there a verse or passage from Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 that stood out to you like verse 20 did to me, and why? What's one thing you learned about wisdom from Solomon today? Tami

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The passage and ensuing conversation puts 1 John 2:1-2 in my mind, actually.

I'm grateful that the Holy Spirit's purifying, cleansing, sanctifying grace is such that we don't have to sin daily. His power helps us to rise above and resist temptation; and, though we often fail Him, it's not an inevitability that we *must* do so daily. As He matures our character after cleansing our hearts of the tendency towards sin, we are more and more able to live daily in a way that pleases Him.

On the other side of that token, I'm grateful that we have Jesus as our advocate with the Father when we do sin, as will certainly happen, as we'll never achieve active sinless perfection in this life.

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