The Roman Road Scriptures were divided and each participating blogger had the opportunity to choose a verse.
I chose Romans 3:23:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
I think SIN is a major stumbling block to getting saved. After all, if you don't believe you're a sinner, why would you need a Savior?
You may think that certainly all people realize they sin. But many people rationalize sin. They claim their intentions are pure. Or they may say they've never committed the really BIG SINS like murder or adultery.
But Jesus says in Matthew 5:27-28:
"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
The standard is extremely high!
God is holy. He is perfect. He cannot come into the presence of sin.
Consider this analogy. If you walked into a smoke filled room and you never smoked, you would immediately be aware of the odor. But if you were a smoker and you walked into that same room, you may not even be aware of the smell.
That's like us rationalizing sin. We tend to adjust to our own standard instead of God's standard of perfection.
We are born into this world with a sin nature. You can thank Adam and Eve for that.
Since God cannot be in the presence of sin, what can we do?
- We can't earn holiness.
- We can't do acts of penance to secure us a place in heaven.
That is the most wonderful gift from a loving God. He knew we were doomed because of sin. But He sent Jesus to be fully human and fully Divine. He lived a perfect life without sin and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He was punished for you and me.
Because He was the only One who could live that perfect life, He offers us a way to come to the Father. By receiving His gift of life, we can be set free from the penalty of our sins.
But there is one thing you must do to be saved.
You must receive this free gift into your heart.
Admit that you're a sinner and you can't save yourself. Simply invite Jesus into your heart.
He will change you from the inside out and ...you will never be the same.
Blessings and love,