We all indulge to some extent in the delusion of self-justification. At the very least, self-justification gets in the way of healthy relationships and prevents our personal growth. It also does something worse: It keeps us from understanding why we need Jesus so badly. It can, therefore, allow us to go on in our sin, whatever that sin is, and allow our lives to remain unchanged by the love of Jesus Christ. The chapter we read today, Romans 3, hammers away at this important thought:
The more clearly we see our sin, the more deeply we’ll know our need for Jesus.