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I Hope My Good Outweigh My Bad

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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

Have you heard anyone say, “I hope my good outweighs my bad,” therefore they are a good person and hoping they will go to heaven? I have heard this from many people, and I would have to admit that from my perspective they are good people. However it is not my opinion that is important to their eternal salvation because I am not there judge. What is important is how God sees these people, therefore let’s look at what God says in his Word.

We will first look at God’s view of sin and the effect sin has on our relationship with God. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) From this verse we see that God has “no darkness (sin) at all” If God sinned he would not be God and if sin was allowed in heaven, it would not be heaven.

And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3) The word holy means to be separate, and God is separate from sin meaning there is no sin in his character.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) There is no one good enough to stand before our perfect God, because we have inherited a sinful nature from Adam, and the sinful nature has led everyone to sinful behavior. What does God define as sin? “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5)

Our thoughts reflect the attitude of our heart and we live out of our heart. Thoughts of lust, revenge, coveting, stealing, or anything that is displeasing to God is considered sin. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,( Romans 3:23)

Our sins have separated us from our holy God. Can we cure ourselves of our sinful state of existence? Can we do enough good works to cleanse our sinful nature? “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) All have sinned and our righteous acts are like filthy rags to God. Sin is a disease of the soul. From our very first sin, whether in thought, word, or deed, our soul became diseased with sin, and we cannot cure our soul.

If you are counting on your good works outweighing your bad works, think again, all your works are like filthy rags to God. All mankind exists in a sinful world and we all have a sinned. Even if our works are good by the world’s view, God cannot have a relationship with us and accept our works because of our sins. However by accepting Christ we can be saved and forgiven of all our sins. Today, don’t be discouraged by anything, but know eternal life is promise to all who accept Christ.

Prayer: Today Lord I will walk and refuse to be discouraged, because I know Christ has paid for my sins and by accepting Christ I am free from sin and eternal death. Help me to know Christ and to be filled with the Holy Spirit who is my deposit ion eternal life.  Fill my heart and mind with hope in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen