Nobody’s Perfect – practically everyone would agree with that! However, a lot of people would take exception to the statement, “everyone has sinned.” People (pretty much all people) tend to under-estimate their own sin, especially when we compare the things we do wrong with the wrongs of others.
But as was discovered in part 3 (It’s All Good!) of CCC’s Nobody’s Perfect series, God doesn’t look at sin by comparing it to others. Instead, God looks at sin by comparing it to his standard of perfection. If we are honest with ourselves, we agree that “nobody’s perfect” includes each of us personally.
Because God is just by nature, sin requires a payment to reconcile – every person’s sin, including each of us personally. The payment required to reconcile sin is a payment none of us could make on our own, so in his grace, God sent Jesus to die as the payment for our sins.
Take a few minutes to read Romans 3:21-26 and the next step of considering the following questions about how God sees sin and what he’s done about it.
- How would you describe justice?
- How does your description of justice change when you are the one specifically wronged?
- What do you think it means to be “made right with God”?
- How do you think people are “made right with God”?
- What might the “requirements of the law” have to do with being made right with God?
- What does it mean to place faith in Jesus Christ? How is that different from the requirements of the law?
- Do you agree that everyone has sinned? Why or why not?
- How would you describe God’s standard?
- If everyone has sinned, do you agree or disagree that you have personally fallen short of God’s standard of perfection? Why?
- Do you agree that in a system of justice that a payment would be required to reconcile the wrong of sin? Why or why not?
- In what ways do we prefer justice over grace when we are wronged?
- If God is just in nature, how does Jesus dying as the payment for sin become an act of grace?
- From what you have read, why did Jesus have to die?
- What next steps will you take to have justice served in your relationship with God?
If nobody’s perfect means everyone has sinned, then that means you and I have sinned. If justice means sin requires a payment, then that means your sin and my sin require a payment. If your sin and my sin requires a payment, then fairness means you and I must pay for our own sins. If Jesus died to pay the price for sin, then grace means he died to pay the price for your sin and my sin.
No matter who you are; no matter how connected to or disconnected from God you would describe yourself; no matter what you’ve done; if Jesus paid the price for your sin, you can be declared righteous by God.
If people are made right with God by believing in Jesus’ death as the payment for sin, what do you believe?
Today is Monday – make it a day where justice is served in your relationship with God!