Romans 3:20 "For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are."
This verse absolutely BLEW MY MIND! I was in Toronto, Canada when the speaker at a conference shared this verse, and then went on to clearly spell out what it meant. My whole life I believed that Christianity was about not having sex before marriage, and going to church every Sunday, you know…"Obeying the Law." For all those years I believed that this was what "set me apart" from the "bad people." (That's Embarrassing to share, but I want to be honest in case this is any of you.)
Thing about it this way, if some of us were "good enough" then we wouldn't need Jesus to die for us on the cross, and our sins wouldn't need to be forgiven because we wouldn't have any. The fact of the matter is, whether you've sinned ONCE or EVERY DAY of your life, your a sinner….and that's OK, it's a beautiful story of Jesus dying for you WHILE you were sinning against him, that's how much he loves YOU. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Ask yourself if you TRULY believe you need Jesus, if deep down you don't always 100% believe that (which I struggle with daily), then pray for a deeper understanding of what it means to be a "sinner saved by grace." (read Ephesians 2:1-10
God does have a purpose for declaring certain things right and wrong, and it is more then wise to obey him. Just like you would ask the creator of a children's toy how to care for it best, before ever asking the toy! But let's not get things wrong, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHETHER YOU GET INTO HEAVEN OR NOT. Well Joelle what about, James 2:26 "…faith without works is dead." Works and/or Obeying God is something that will flow naturally from you when you have the faith first. Doing the right thing is not in our "nature" as humans, we must get the strength from God to do things that are "good," so go ahead and pray for that strength, but remember that it comes from God, your heavenly father who loves you!
Love you girls!! This is a hard topic, please email me any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. <3 Please comment bellow!!!