Being justified by his grace… heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)
Let me say this to any of you who are still trying to add up your human merits—look away in faith to the Lord of abundant mercy!
Fixing yourself over and trying to straighten yourself out will never be sufficient—you must come to Jesus as you are!
Our Lord told about two men who went up into the temple to pray. One said, “God, here I am—all fixed up. Every hair is in place!”
The other said, “Oh God, I just crawled in off Skid Row. Have mercy on me!”
God forgave the Skid Row bum, but sent the other man away, hardened and unrepentant and unforgiven.
We come to Him just as we are but in humble repentance. When the human spirit comes to God knowing that anything it receives will be out of God’s mercy, then repentance has done its proper work!
God promises to forgive and forget and to take that man into His heart and teach him that all of God’s kindnesses are due to His mercy. What more can a sinner ask?