I'm humming the old hymn "Grace Greater Than All Our Sin" right now. I'm not sure why.
I decided to do a word search in my Bible and this verse popped up.
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked
harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." (1 Corinthians 15:10, NIV)
Paul was a pretty bad person before he met Jesus and he admitted as much. This is the main emphasis for faith. Admitting our sin, (confession) and repenting of it is the crucial part of salvation and God's redeeming. It doesn't matter what we have done, God is able and willing to forgive us and bring us into His kingdom. God's grace is always available to us but we need to receive it.
Paul thought he was serving God by ridding the world of Christians. He watched over the stoning of Stephen and gave his approval. Even as Paul witnessed this murder, I believe God's grace was pursuing Paul. John Wesley would have called this mysterious grace 'prevenient' in that grace was near but Paul had no clue. Later on the road to Damascus Paul met Jesus and God's grace in a flashpoint of light.
How about you, are you muddling through life trying to deal with all your sin and guilt on your own? Perhaps you feel justified by your lifestyle. You don't see any issues that would preclude you from getting to heaven. Maybe it is time to humble oneself and seek help. Do you know that there is one called Jesus who died and now lives for you and can remove your sin guilt?
Let's open our hearts and allow God's rich grace to permeate our them, confess our sins and let Jesus deal with them, allow healing to restore brokenness, and give thanks today for God's grace that is greater than all our sins!