Romans 3:23,24 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
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All have sinned. All fall short. All are justified by grace. The Apostle Paul writes to Jew and Gentile alike, detailing the utter lack and complete hopelessness of man without the gift and grace of God through Christ.
I’m not sure what’s in the heart of a person to think that they can get to God, or be right with God, based on their behavior and actions. Many people like to make a list of pros and cons when making a decision. This helps them determine which seems better based on the weightier side. If the cons outweigh the pros, then no. If the pros are more than the cons, then full speed ahead.
Some also do that when looking at their life. They ask themselves, “Am I a good person?” They begin to make a list of the good things they have done for others. That list is always subjective, not definitive. Then the list of bad things. This list may, of course, be missing a few key items because of mistakes or when it wasn’t entirely their fault.
But we are all the same. Paul brings back some scripture from Psalms and Isaiah - there is no one righteous, not even one.
If we are all the same, if no one is righteous, if all our pros list falls short of what God demands, then we are all in need of help. Nothing we do will ever be good enough to tip the scale to the weightier side of right.
But thank God for His grace. All fall short, but grace is given to all. We are made right, not by our list, but by God’s love in Christ.