Are you a good person?
Nine out of ten people will answer yes to that question. Despite our flaws, our imperfections, the past mistakes that haunt us every day, we think we are “good people.” Not perfect, but good. The belief that we are “good” is so universal that it must have some explanation.
First of all, the Bible clear that humanity is inherently sinful, ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. We are NOT good.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one”
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
We were born in a state of rebellion against God, and each one of us has made conscious decisions that are contrary to what God wants.
I believe that deep down, everyone knows this. They just cope with it in different ways.
Most people cannot accept the fact that they are broken because it’s simply impossible to live while held down by an incredible sense of guilt. So instead of accepting their sinful nature, people respond by either ignoring or embracing their brokenness.
Some people cope with their sin by downplaying it. They refuse to admit that they’re sinful and use any lame excuse out there. “We all make mistakes” – as if that makes mistakes any less fatal. “Nobody’s perfect” – as if God shouldn’t demand perfection. “God doesn’t exist,” as if denying the existence of God changes anything.
Others cope with their sin by embracing it. They try to alter their perception of morality to fit their lifestyles. Even when they know deep down that their hearts are sinful, they try to end the internal turmoil by accepting their brokenness and declaring it “good.”
But is that true? Can we really lower the standard of perfection to “the best we can do”? Can we change God’s standard based on popular opinion? Can we redefine justice based on our desires and our abilities?
Please allow me to present an alternative.
No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, you are broken, and you need someone. Someone to complete you, someone to hug you, someone to carry you when you fall. Someone to love you.
The best way to cope with your sin, your brokenness, your failures, and your mistakes, is to embrace Jesus. He’s the one who lived the life you should have lived and died the death you deserved. When you put your faith in Jesus, His righteousness is put on your shoulders, where our guilt used to be.
Instead of ignoring your sin or embracing it, let your sin lead you to fall in love with Jesus again!
Have you ever heard the phrase “beautifully broken”? The beautiful thing about our brokenness is that it makes us lean on Jesus.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus