Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (Romans 5:1-2 NLT)
Sometimes I feel unworthy, maybe a better way to describe how I feel is, I’ve failed yet again. I have to be reminded time and time again that I’m human. I’ll never achieve perfection until I reach Heaven, the enemy will always use my mistakes against me – even if I’ve earnestly repented, it’s my responsibility to remember who I am as a child of God.
I was reading in my Bible the other day and noticed that on one page (Mark 9:36-37) Jesus taught the Disciples about welcoming little children, then across the page (Mark 10:13-16) he rebuked the Disciples for trying to send the children away. So here we have the Disciples, men who literally walked and lived with the Son of God – getting it wrong because they were human [like me], they made mistakes [like me], if they could struggle with something when they had not only the spiritual presence of God with them, but also the physical presence of God – then maybe I’m not doing as bad as I thought!
I’m not saying we should compare ourselves to others, instead I’m reminding myself that it’s okay to make mistakes. God’s grace and mercy is a gift because we don’t deserve it, but Jesus deserves those gifts and because I’ve been washed by His blood – that makes me deserving. Jesus’ blood makes me righteous – not my good acts and certainly not my mistakes.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:8-11 NLT)