You're a worse sinner than you ever dare imagine.
But you're also more loved than you ever dare hope.
There are some people who have a hard time believing one of the above statements. Some do not believe either is true. But the Bible declares that both are true. We are truly a glorious ruin. (see Romans 1 & 3)
As Martin Luther said, we are "simul justus et peccator." Simul, simultaneously or 'at the same time.' Justus, Latin for just or righteous, (et, and) peccator, sinner. We are at the same time a sinner who is Justified. We are a sinner who is a saint.
The Bible deals in truth and reality and that is why the test of truth is that which corresponds to reality (correspondence theory of truth). And the truth is (and it is not hard to validate) we are sinners - selfish rebels who need a savior. We are unjust. But in Jesus Christ we are declared righteous and justified, so we experience peace from God and we enjoy peace with God.
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
The reason you are loved more than you ever dare hoped is that God is love. (I John 4:7-8) God's love is a love you can never earn, and it is a love you can never lose.
Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,