9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
In each of these verses God is telling something about each and everyone of us, I'm sorrow to say this but it includes me also a very big sinner. These words should not represent anyone but they do and for my self they scare me 100%. Lets look at another few verses from the same letter to the Romans: 3:21-26 which reads
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
These verse remind me that God gave us a free gift of a new life in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus went to the cross so we would not have to be seperated from God the Father no more, we just have to except the fact that we all are sinners and we need that free gift from God to live the way God wants us to live, with God as our adopted Father and Jesus our adopted brother. Talk about powerful words found in the book of Romans. These two are just examples of what the New Testament is all about. But as a sinner I have asked Jesus to come into my life back in 1987. I'm still a sinner but I'm saved by the free gift Of Jesus dieing on the cross so I don't can be justified in God's eyes.
I thank God for Jesus every time I talk with him. What powerful words once I was a sinner and know I'm saved. I still have my share of sins to carry but I'm not being seperated from God because of them. My life is slow changing everyday I see a new person, a person that God is reshaping for the 5oth time in my Christian life. No I'm fare from being perfect but I can few me changing on a daily basis.
Until later, remember that Jesus loves you and so do I.