Come as you are

Sometimes people feel as though they are unworthy to approach God, that they must first “clean their life up” before coming to God. Not only is this scripturally untrue, but it’s IMPOSSIBLE! “As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:10‬. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no amount of good that you can do to be made righteous before God. It’s by God’s grace through faith that we are made righteous! His grace meets us right where we are, just as we are. Whatever battle you may be fighting, or addiction, or burdened heart God will meet you. We see God’s grace throughout the Bible. In John 4 we read about Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Where he speaks of the sin in the woman’s life, but offers her life through Living Water. Again in the John 8 Jesus encounters a woman caught in adultery. He doesn’t excuse her sin, but he forgives her and instructs her to “go, and sin no more”. God grace meets you where you are. The bible teaches us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). God wants you just as you are, but he loves you too much to leave you as you are. He cleanses us and makes us new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17). One truth that is true of ALL those who call Jesus Lord, is that we all were unworthy to stand before God. We all came as dirty rags, not one of us good, despite the goodness seen by others. It wasn’t till the day we called on the Lord and were reborn that we were made righteous. Jesus didn’t die for the “righteous”, but for the unrighteous who are now made righteous through the blood of Christ! 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

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