I was having a discussion with a guy at work. He did something and was completely honest with me about it. I said, well at least you didn't lie, in a joking kind of way. To which he replied, you see, I'm not that bad of a person. I said, that's not good enough. End of conversation.
I wish I could get him to understand fully that nothing we can do will ever be good enough. I could work and work at my salvation but it would never be enough. I have learned to put confidence and faith in my right standing with God. I can't rely on any of my works, I rely on what Jesus did for me. I am the righteousness of God IN CHRIST. Even if I don't feel like. I can't live a holy life without Him.
I think so many people put their sins in some kind of category from bad to worse. They count on their good deeds outweighing their bad deeds or something. It's not what you do but who you are that's most important. I've asked for forgiveness and received Christ in my heart. When God looks at me He sees me in Christ Jesus. He doesn't look at us the way we look at ourselves. What God sees is what we really are. We are the Body of Christ in the earth today, one spirit with Him.
Here is a bold statement: God loves you as much as He loves Jesus. This would put some people I know in an uproar. How could you say something like this? Truth be told, they freak out when I say I am the righteousness of God in Christ like I'm condemning myself to hell. I wish people would dig into the Word for themselves and see. See who God says I am. I know Jesus didn't die in vain. It was all for love. Pretty powerful stuff to know were we stand with God almighty.