Its living by God’s standards and not our own that make us acceptable to God

“For I am not aware of anything against myself; however I am not vindicated by this, but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of human hearts; and then praise will come to each person from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4-5 NASB2020


Everyone does what is right in their own eyes because they are right in their own eyes. Rare is the man who condemns himself for his actions. While we all have regrets and wish for second chances, we often equate these desires with the results we incurred not because of the motives we used in acquiring those results. We wish for more success not for being a better person. This self-righteousness we are born with and grows with us into maturity keeps us from the very thing that will save us. We must be born again; we must repent from our self-centered way of life and live a God-centered life by following Jesus as our Lord Who has revealed Himself and all He requires of us in the Scriptures. We are not pleasing to God because we think we are good people. We are pleasing to God when we publicly recognize what God has done for us through Jesus the Savior and live lives in compliance with the sacrifice Jesus made to save us. God will judge all people based upon the life and work of His Son Jesus the Lord and Judge of all humanity. Those who humbled themselves before Jesus and acknowledged their need for Him as Savior and desire to follow Him as Lord proving such by their actions shall receive a pardon at judgement and be rewarded with eternal life in the kingdom of God. Those who ignored Jesus and lived according to their own will and ways thinking themselves acceptable to God as they compared themselves to the rest of humanity, will be condemned by Jesus and cast into the eternal fire where there will be weeping and suffering forever. We must believe the Scriptures that we are not inherently pleasing to God but rebels against God who need pardoned by God for our thoughts, words, and deeds in defiance of God. Until we acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our sin, and follow Jesus as our God we are living in rebellion against the One True God Whose mercy and grace toward us ends when we move from this life to meet Him face to face.


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