“everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence.”
Romans 3:23 GNB
In other words, or the way I like it to sound is which completely doesn’t distort the initial passage is:
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
All have sinned and all have fallen short. Where then do we get the right to find ourselves better than another? Where would we be able to say we were better because we were saved or because we were closer to God or sinned less? Every person has fallen short of God’s perfection. It doesn’t matter if one person got “closer” to perfection than another, because they too fell short. God saved us apart from the law because we all are not good enough. The “holier than thou” attitude is idiotic since we all are in the same depravity. Who cares if one is less of a piece of scum than another? We all are depraved sinners. We all need salvation. There is no reason why one would find themselves better than another when they realise that we all are depraved and unworthy.
Father God, I thank You for the Holy Spirit who fights fiercely on my behalf when I struggle with sin. Lord, make me sensitive to Your correction and sanctification while helping me to walk confidently in my salvation. Remind me that You will have the final victory over my struggle with sin, because You are alive in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.