for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)
Did you do something lately that you’re not proud of? Perhaps those closest to you would agree with your sentiments. You may be plagued by racing thoughts that this incident is too far removed from God’s reach to cover your error with His grace. You may also be wondering if you could ever be good enough in order to earn God’s mercy and forgiveness.
As you recount your steps and analyze the error of your ways, you may feel a heavy sense of condemnation. For God’s children, it is important to remember that He convicts our conscience, not so that we’ll wallow in a state of depression but in order to prompt us to make an about face turn from the error of our ways. He does this so that we will return safely to the wide open space surrounded on all sides by healthy boundaries. Hence, those boundaries are put in place not as a restrictive measure but to give us long term success.
Furthermore, one of the best and most freeing experiences is to arrive at the understanding that we are indeed totally and completely helpless and hopeless of ever being good enough to connect ourselves to God. Jesus is the connective piece that intertwines perfectly with the Father and serves as our gateway to have constant access and fellowship with the One who absolutely adores our souls.
Lord, thank You that Jesus’ perfection covers over a multitude of sins and keeps me in a right standing with You.