“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Many people, believing the good they’ve done in their lives outweighs the bad, are convinced God will accept them. But, 1 John 3:4 says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Now if you have broken even one of God’s commandments, you’re a sinner. If you get stopped for running a red light, you don’t tell the police officer, “Let me tell you all the stop signs I did stop at and all the times I did obey the speed limit.” No, it doesn’t matter how much good you’ve done, you have transgressed the law, and if a man is hanging over a cliff by a chain of ten links, how many links in that chain have to break before he falls. All ten? No, just one. James 2:10 makes this point abundantly clear: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” Is there anybody who would say, “I have never once broken God's law?” Sin is the transgression of the law.
Share today’s illustration about a police officer with someone close to you to describe how it helps us understand the way our sin affects our relationship with God.