Romans 3:1-20: The Beautiful Gift
By Sarah Morris
This is a long Bible passage today. But I believe that it is stating a simple message that we so often forget. Do we as a church act like we have it all together sometimes? Do we put an air of perfection out, where as non-believers or people who are not strong in the Christian faith feel as though we think we are sinless? Paul is stating that no one is sinless, not even those who were called God’s chosen people. Therefore, we can’t sit there and put up a wall of perfection, where others feel like they are not good enough. The fact of the matter is that no one deserves to be saved. But the beauty is that even though we don’t deserve it, Jesus gives it freely as a gift when He wiped our slate clean. Thus, even though we all sin, as Christians we can be assured that our debt has been paid by the blood of the Lamb.
I was talking to a friend, and she said something that stuck with me. That one sin that you have committed, even if it is just a little white lie or a nasty thought, was enough to forever separate you from God. Sin is sin. It is a net that catches us in it, and we are held away from the perfect love of God. But, grace has come from God. In this, that net is torn like the curtain that was torn in the temple the moment Jesus died. It is nothing that we can do, but only by Jesus dying and rising again, beating death and the grave, that we are freed. Let us remember that gift of Salvation that is made available to all. None of us deserve it, but all of us have access to it.