all have sinned {thoughts on Romans 3:9-20}

By human standards it is easy to assume I’m a good person, but Paul reminds me in Romans 3:9-20 that “there is none righteous, no, not one.” Partial righteousness is not enough to make my way into eternity with a perfectly holy God. All the world is guilty before Him (Romans 3:19).

I don’t have to be awake long on any given day before I feel the weight of my sinful nature. In spite of daily intention to do better, I open my mouth and spew angry, bitter words at the people I love most in this world. My feet drag at the monotonous and repetitive tasks I face. My thoughts can be selfish and negative even if my outward actions are well guarded and beautiful.

“The whole world is guilty before God – and that includes you and me” (Weirsbe, Warren. Be Right. Kindle Edition). This is why God had to give His life for us. He knew that none could uphold a perfect life. We might keep all the law and yet stumble in one point (James 2:10). By human standards that ought to be good enough, but none of us could ever agree on which failures are acceptable and which are not. Only God can set the standard. Because that standard is perfection, it is beyond what we could ever hope to accomplish. We need a savior, so He has redeemed us with a price we could never pay. Oh what a savior!>>>>>>>

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All Scriptures are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

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