If someone were to ask you if you were a good person, what would you say? Most likely, you would say yes. If you are like most people, you consider yourself as relatively good person.
But let’s put that to the test.
In the Bible we read about God’s standard for good in the 10 commandments. We can take a look at them and see just how good we are. One of those commandments is “You shall not lie.” Answer honestly: Have you ever told a lie? Sure you have. Probably too many to count. Now, what do you call someone who tells lies? That’s right, a liar.
Another commandment is “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen anything? Did you ever take candy from a store when you were a kid? Have you ever downloaded a pirated song or show from the internet? Ok, then. What does that make you? That’s right, a thief.
Another one of the commandments is “You shall not commit adultery.” Now, you may never have cheated on your spouse. But Jesus says that if you look upon a guy or girl with lust you’ve committed adultery in your heart. Recognizing that the law of God penetrates to even your thought life, what does that make you? Yep, that’s right: An adulterer at heart.
Let’s do one more. The law of God says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Have you ever used God’s name as an expletive? Or maybe said “OMG” or an equivalent of it? This is called blasphemy and it is a very serious offense in the Bible.
So, by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, blaspheming, adulterer at heart. Now, if you were to be judged by God, would he find you guilty or innocent? Doesn’t sound good, does it?
Because God is a good judge, he cannot allow sin to go unpunished. The wages of sin is death and hell.
But here’s the good news! God has sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to pay the price for our sins. Jesus never sinned all his life. What’s more, he offered himself up as a sacrifice for sin.
By his death Jesus satisfied God’s wrath and justice. He paid the penalty we justly deserve. Then, three days later, He rose from the dead showing his victory over sin and death.
The truth is, you cannot earn eternal life. We just are not good enough. Eternal life is God’s gift, and the good news is that God gives this gift to anyone who will humble himself and come to Jesus Christ.
Of course, the only way to receive this salvation is by turning from your life of sin to the Lord Jesus. If you do that, God promises to forgive your sin and give you a new heart with new desires. If you trust Jesus, you can be assured that the Lord will wash away all your sin and not count one of them against you.
If this is something that appeals to you, pray to the Lord right now. Ask him to forgive you and help you live the way he wants.
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