DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A GOOD PERSON?
Examine Yourself to See If You Are In the Faith
I used to believe that I was a good person. Compared with others, I am far better, or so I thought. I go to church, I help others, I give to charity, I pray, I respect people, I don't hurt others - I do the good works.
That was how I saw myself until I came face to face with God's perfect standard of morality, the 10 commandments. Like a clear mirror, it reflected who I really am in the eyes of a holy God. The impartial judge living within me - my conscience (Romans 2:15) - accused me guilty of being a liar (white lies and half-truths included), a thief (regardless of the value of the thing I took, which also included buying pirated DVDs/CDs, downloading mp3), a murderer at heart (for being angry at someone - Matthew 5:21-22, 1 John 3:15), an adulterer at heart (for having lustful thoughts toward the opposite sex - Matthew 5:27-28), a disrespectful son, an ungrateful creature (for failing to thank God for all his blessings), and a covetous person (for desiring what belongs to others), among other things. And there's more, if a chip were implanted inside my head recording every sinful thought and deed I had even for just for a month - things nobody knows and sees - and all these shown on a large screen for all to see, I would feel nothing but humiliation and shame. God is the divine computer chip, He searches my heart and sees everything, even my secret motives (Hebrews 4:13, Proverbs 15:3, Psalm 44:21, Luke 16:15).
All 10 commandments were like 10 cannons pointed at me ready to blast me off with the punishment I so rightly deserved. My mouth was silenced, there was nothing I can say, I am guilty as charged (Romans 3:19-20). I violated every law for the Bible says, "whoever keeps the whole Law yet breaks any of the commandments is guilty of breaking all of it" (James 2:10).
"It is appointed for man to die once, and after that, the judgment (Hebrews 9:27)....