All Have Sinned

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Who is in need of salvation?  All of us.  Who can be saved?  All of us.  Who will be saved? Only those who have faith in Christ Jesus and recognize that they are utterly incapable of justifying themselves before God.  We can’t earn our salvation no matter how hard we try to do so.  Nothing that we can do will change the fact that we are all sinners and in need of redemption by Jesus.  Why then do we continue to exhaust ourselves in our vain attempts to appear righteous in the eyes of the Lord?

Brothers and sisters:
Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,
though testified to by the law and the prophets,
the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ
for all who believe.
For there is no distinction;
all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.
They are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as an expiation,
through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousness
because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,
through the forbearance of God–
to prove his righteousness in the present time,
that he might be righteous
and justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

It’s all about submitting our lives to Jesus, and it’s about being humble enough to stop making excuses for our sinfulness.  Jesus knows us and loves us despite our sins.

Can’t we just let him heal our soul?

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3 Responses to All Have Sinned

  1. Mary Thomas says:

    Thank you God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit for your grace and understanding of our sinful ways; loving and forgiving us because we are your children.

  2. Jeff Kline says:

    In the rest of today’s first reading from Romans, Paul says “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law”. I am reminded of the pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple area. Jesus (in Luke 18) tells us that it was the tax collector who went home justified, because he recognized his sinful behavior and begged for mercy with a contrite heart. The pharisee, with an unclean heart, proudly thought he was justified merely through his compliance with the law.

  3. Nancy Novicki says:

    God knows our heart better than we do. We may try to fool
    ourselves into believing that we’re all that but He knows the
    truth and rewards the contrite heart!

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