What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Romans 3:9-20 NIV
All of us, no matter how good we think we are, according to the law, are guilty of being sinful. Not only sinful but horribly sinful and left up to the law, that is all we will be known and judged for. Sometimes that seems so unfair. Seems like we should get a little credit for the good things we do but that is not how the law works. You are either guilty or innocent. Thinking about that, it seems that should help us stay humble, knowing we have all failed. Instead we still seem to be quick to point out others faults rather than admitting our own. It probably makes us feel a little better about ourselves, I guess. The great news, for sure, is that the one who created us has made a way for this pattern to change.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NIV
The best part about it is He never remembers our sins against us again. It's as if we never were guilty, in His eyes we are righteous. I try to remember this whenever someone points out something I fail at. The one who really matters to me most sees only good in me as long as I believe in Him and have a repentant heart.
One of my favorite verses is from Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." As we go through life continuing to fail in others' eyes, we can be confident that there is a process going on where we are being completed into who we were made to be and in the mean time, we are no longer guilty in His eyes.
Now that's what I wanted to hear.
By Ken Edgerly