James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Many people in prison are there for breaking only one law. I minister to them every week. Believe it or not, for the most part the ones I minister to are “decent” fellows. At least they are when they are around me, my volunteers and the chaplains. But they were judged guilty of a crime and now must serve time. Some for months, some for years, others for a lifetime.
In like manner, it takes only one sin to become a sinner.
To think that our good deeds (and they may be many) can out-weigh our bad deeds (and they may be few) somehow “justifies” us with respect to God’s law is wishful thinking.
The picture of the missed bowling pin above illustrates how hard it is to be without sin. “Nobody is perfect” is a common expression and “To fail is human” is another. The law shows us our sin and points us to Calvary. Trusting our “goodness” to get us to heaven (and avoid hell) will not do us any good in God’s “courtroom”. Our goodness has no “standing” in that courtroom.
But all is not lost, God in His mercy and love has provided a way of escape by way of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Christ paid our penalty for sin and God can and will pardon us based on the blood of His son as long as we ask for the pardon. Have you received the pardon? It is free for the asking.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Praise the Lord for He has provided a way of pardon from sin and its penalty.