Do we think that our righteousness has made us worthy of eternal life? Do we presume on God’s goodness and patience by acting as though we have earned our own way to heaven? God wants all of his children to come to repentance but first we must realize that we are all equally prisoners of sin along with the rest of the human race.
We see only the outside of a person, but God sees the inside. God does not love us more because of what we have accomplished. He loves us! When we work to earn God’s love, our self-righteousness can make us proud. Our good works are only good when they are motivated by gratefulness to God for what he accomplished for us on the cross.