Most people will consider themselves to be “very good people” when they compare their sins with those of Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin, two individuals on the Top Ten list of history’s baddest-of-the-bad.
The problem with comparing their sin with “extreme sinners” in order to estimate their own place on a sin-scale is this: everyone is to compare themselves with Christ and His righteousness. It is in this comparison that everyone can finally see their extreme shortfall from the glory of God’s purity and holiness (Ro. 3:23).
It is when a person finally recognizes just how wicked their sin really is, that they will drop to their knees with remorse and regret, calling out to Jesus Christ for His forgiveness and redemption.
“… Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death!
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~ Romans 6:19-23
Even as Christians, we tend to compare ourselves with fellow believers’ lifestyles in order to think of ourselves as being at an acceptable level on a scale of righteousness vs. sin; that we are within the average or just a step above it. Again, Christ alone is to be our model for comparison, not other believers or other sinners.
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