““Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin.”Romans 4:7-8 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/rom.4.7-8.NET
Most men do not see themselves as sinners. This arrogance is what will keep most people from entering heaven. Our schools teach that we are born with a blank slate, neither good nor bad. The Bible teaches we are born sinners, corrupt from birth, rebellious against God and man, and need to be instructed in the way we should go. Society blames the environment for bad people. The Bible condemns our hearts for being bad. Most do not believe they are bad because they don’t do bad things. Not doing what God has commanded us NOT to do does not make us good. Not murdering people does not make us good though it is good that we don’t murder people. What makes us good is doing the will of God. That is the good we are to do if we would please God. What is that good? To love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves is best accomplished by winning our neighbor to Jesus and teaching him to obey everything Jesus commanded. This is the great evil of our time. Our refusal to love God by obeying His commands and doing His work in the world that is proclaiming the gospel to all people and teaching all people to obey Jesus as Lord. God commands we love Him beginning with bowing our knees before Him, humbling ourselves in our acknowledgment of our need for Him to be our Savior based upon His perfect life and our incapacity to live perfectly. We need a Savior. Jesus is the only Savior. Loving God means receiving His provision for our sinful lives, the sacrifice of Jesus, then following Jesus as our Lord by doing His will in the world just as He came not to do His will but the will of the Father. We please God when we do what God requires of us, what He created us for, which is to participate with Him and His church in seeing His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.