• 1 Peter 2 - Sheep Gone Astray

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    10 March, 2015Posted by Jo

    "For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:25)

    The nature of sin means that it has corrupted the entire world. Every man, woman and child on this earth lies under its curse, rotting from within.

    "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes."
    (Romans 3:10-18)

    What an awful picture of the state of all of us – there is no one who comes up to God's standard. We are described as sheep gone astray – just as sheep are dull-witted, helpless creatures, prone to wandering off if not led correctly, so we are creatures who have wandered from our only security and hope for life.

    With Jesus' self-sacrifice, we are drawn back into the fold. God, the great Shepherd, is there to look out for us and will oversee our lives. If we trust in Him and give ourselves over to Him, then He will forgive us for wandering away, for being the kind of people that mark the passage in Romans above, and He will welcome us back as if we were the only sheep in His flock.

    What an amazing thought that he will freely welcome us back! What do you think about that? Let us know below, or ask us some questions about these passages if you’re not quite sure about what they’re saying.