Many people feel that they are unworthy of being forgiven and accepted by God because of their sin, weaknesses, and character flaws. They may be struggling with guilt over things they have done in the past, or with feelings of failure because of current addictions and inadequacies. You too may say, “Well, I do believe Jesus died and rose for me, and I want to follow him. But I don’t think I can live up to his expectations. I’m not good enough.”

Let us quickly assure you of this comforting truth: you don’t have to be good to be saved. All of us are saved by God’s grace, not by our good behaviour. The Bible contains many accounts of Jesus personally reaching out to prostitutes, corrupt officials, adulterous people, and those who were most despised and hated. In fact, he gave the greatest attention to the ones who felt most unworthy and unwanted in society. “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do,” he explained. “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners” (Mark 2:17).