“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:24
You can’t keep yourself. If you look at yourself, you will see faults. God says, but I know how to cover your faults, to preserve you as if you have no faults. When you check the Bible, you will never find Jesus telling people, confess your sins first. He understood that if they can only receive Him genuinely, and His love flows in and through them, then every other thing will follow suit.
To the thief on the cross, Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.” He didn’t say go and do restitution, straighten yourself first or go back home. Did you offend anyone? Did anyone offend you? Go and sort it out! If you did not forgive, go and forgive. To the woman caught in adultery in John 8:11, He said, “… neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” To Zacchaeus, who everyone was afraid of; who was terrorizing the entire Jericho, He said to him, “… today, I must abide at your house”. He never told him to go and straighten up first.
Even the prodigal son was returning home because he was hungry. He said, “how many servants does my father have and now I’m here suffering. I’m going back to my father and I will tell him, I’ve sinned against heaven and before thee. Make me one of your hired servants.” The Bible said while he was still afar off, he had not said what he wanted to say; the father ran to him against the Jewish culture. You don’t run to a child that has disgraced you, messed you up and humiliated you. Yet he ran to him and embraced him. The son began to talk and before he could finish, the father said, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. My son that was lost has been found.
Child of God, He has loved you with an everlasting love. So, enjoy His grace.
Further Reading: Luke 15:11-24, Luke 19: 1-10
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- 2 Chronicles 7-9; Evening- John 11:1-29