30 Apr Romans 3:10, 23; Matthew 5:3

10 as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;

Matthew 5:3
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

To influence others, including our children/family, we must first understand the grace of God for ourselves. To understand grace, we must first understand sin. The Bible says that “all have sinned” and “there is no one righteous, not even one.” We often downplay sin, using excuses like “no one is perfect” or “at least I’m not as bad as…,” but that doesn’t lessen sin in God’s eyes. God is holy, thus He hates sin and, because He is just, He must punish sin. We need to have the same view of sin in order to truly understand grace. And we need to have the same view of our own sin (we’re often quick to recognize how bad someone else’s sin is). This should create an attitude of humility, or being “poor in spirit.” Minimizing sin actually ends up minimizing grace. But, when we truly recognize the gravity of our sin, then we truly appreciate how amazing God’s grace is!