For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – (Romans 3:23, NIV)
All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness. – (Romans 3:23, ERV)
For we all have sinned and are in need of the glory of God. – (Romans 3:23, TPT)
This passage is a reminder that we ALL are in need of God’s mercy and grace. From the greatest saint to the most horrendous criminal – ALL have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. We all need the Savior. Without Him, we would never be acceptable in the eyes of God, and would be doomed for all eternity. However, Jesus came and took our place so that we could be seen as righteous before God. Because of His sacrifice, all who believe and receive the incredible gift He offers, are welcomed into His glory. It does not mean that we have a free pass to live a life ruled by sin, but rather as we follow the Lord and seek to do His will, we can find forgiveness and grace when we mess up. Just as a parent loves their child and corrects and redirects them, so too does God with us when we commit our lives to Him. May we ever seek the Lord and His goodness and grace, trusting His leading and welcome embrace.
All people fall short,
Have succumbed to sin;
Chose go our own way,
Not letting God in.
Because we all sin,
We all are in need;
Of the grace of God,
To go where He leads.
So, rise up in faith,
Believe and receive;
The Lord’s gift of grace,
He knows what we need.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing grace that meets all who come to You seeking. Forgive us, for we are all sinners in need of Your grace. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would seek You in all things and at all times, trusting You to lead, guide and equip us to walk in Your way and do Your will. Show us how to love those around us, extending Your goodness and grace to all. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we come to You in faith, trusting You to forgive us and lead us in the ways we are meant to go. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God. – Acts 13:39, MSG