It’s just you reading this, so we can be honest—me writing, you reading. Even at our most gracious, most giving, and most caring—our best behavior—we have to own the truth about ourselves. We are not always at our best. We are not always blameless. We don’t always choose to do right thing. Yes, we regularly fall short—even according to our own, biased moral standard.
In plain terms, we are not always good.
In biblical terms, we are not always righteous
Always—though such an innocent sounding word—can be perfectly terrible and horribly eternal. Always is forever.
The Bible agrees with us about the imperfect state of our personal unrighteousness. The Bible teaches that all of us have sinned breaking God’s laws (Romans 3:23), and that our sin earns us eternal death. The Bible teaches that our sin separates us from God (Romans 6:23), but that God does offer a saving response. The Bible teaches that all of us were God’s enemies (Romans 5:8), and for that reason, Jesus died for us. The Bible teaches that even all our good works will not save us (Ephesians 2:8-9), but that God’s grace does for us what we can not do for ourselves.
God is always righteous, always holy, and always perfect. Therefore, He always despises the unrighteousness of sin. It is destructive; it separates humanity from a loving relationship with Him. And that is why the eternal, sovereign God of the whole universe enacted a gracious plan. He sent his one and only son, Jesus, to save us from our sins and restore us to a love relationship with Him. Consider the following Scripture.
God is always able—at any time and for all time. God is always able—no matter your past, no matter your sin. God is always able to save us through His Son, Jesus.
If you have never committed your life to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you can do that right now. A simple prayer confessing your personal sinfulness, asking God's forgiveness, and committing yourself to follow Him is the first step to new, eternal life with Him.