Read: Romans 3:10-26
Was the apostle Paul right when he said that “there is none righteous” and “all have sinned”? (Rom. 3:10,23). Or is that verdict of condemnation too sweeping?
Many people might protest and they don’t see themselves as rebels against the laws of society or the laws of God. They consider themselves to be good people. So why condemn them as deserving God’s judgement?
According to James, “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). In God’s perspective, it takes only one act of disobedience to put us in the company of sinners who have broken His law and deserve His judgement.
Can anyone of us claim that we have never violated one of God’s commandments? What about the commandment not to covet? (Exod. 20:17). The truth is that all of us at some time or other have been guilty of desiring to possess what belongs to someone else. Paul himself admitted that he was guilty of this sin and deserved God’s judgement (Rom. 7:7-10).
We may be relatively good, but in the eyes of a perfectly holy God we have fallen miserably and far short of His standards. All of us need the sin-cleansing grace and forgiveness that Jesus Christ alone provides. Have you humbly acknowledged your guilt and received the gift of forgiveness that Jesus offers? Know that Christ died for sinners, both good and bad.