Although this Scripture reference is part of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–12), I want to put a different light on it. I want to talk about the opposite of righteousness. I want to talk about sin and how sin lives in us because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion.
Paul explains how difficult it is to live honorably:
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:15-20)
The concept of original sin, which is the sin Paul talks about, isn’t welcomed by many people, especially those people who believe they aren’t sinners. I went for many years thinking I wasn’t a sinner until I realized that any actions or thoughts that fall short of God’s glory is sin; God’s glory is defined as perfection. Thus, we are all sinners, except for God because He is perfect. Looking back, the idea that I wasn’t a sinner makes no sense because if I’m not a sinner, then why did Jesus come?
Once I accepted the fact that I am a sinner, I was able to wrap my mind around the fact that I genuinely wanted to be good (righteous). I hungered for it. I thirsted for it, and in God’s eyes, that is enough. In my eyes, it’s never enough which is why I go to the cross and ask for God’s love, mercy, and grace, then confess and agree with Him that sometimes I am not good at all.
True faith is all about the cross.
True faith begins at the foot of the cross.