Again we see the reality: “Evil” (7451) men exist. Let me remind you, this is one of the key differences between people who believe the teaching of the Bible and those who do not. The teaching of our post-modern culture is that man is good in his heart. All the murderer or rapist needs is a chance to reform and they will do so. This is why our prisons speak of rehabilitation instead of punishment. This is why our school labeled our detention holding tank the Opportunity Room. Our society believes, teaches and acts as if the only thing a criminal needs is to understand what is right and they will respond. Of course, that mean they don't need a Savior, just a social worker.
On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man is inclined toward evil. Without getting exhaustive let me give a few references.
(Psalms 51:5 KJV) Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
(Romans 5:14 KJV) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.All human beings are lost. They cannot help themselves. That is why the second half of this verse is so important. Remember that we constantly see reference to the upright and the righteous. If all are lost, how can this be? Some people have sought the Lord. When we seek Him, He responds. Grace is applied. We are forgiven, born again, given the Spirit and the ability to be changed persons.
We can be “not-evil.” Not because we are that way naturally but because Jesus died on the cross to provide the way of redemption.
So? Are you still one of the evil? Are you still trying to be good in your own power? It ain’t gonna happen. Confess your sin to God. Trust in Jesus for your salvation. Be transformed. Have you drifted away from God. There is no time like the present to confess and be renewed. Any day can be a happy new year.