It’s widely accepted in the church that you can’t save yourself by your own efforts. As the scripture says,
Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The only thing that pays the penalty for sin death, not good works. We can give our own life for sin, but that would not do us any good because then we would be dead. Impossible for us, but God did it by sending His Son to die for us.
What about being more like Jesus by our own efforts? Consider these verses
Galatians 5:19-23 (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Verses 19-21 show what we can do ourselves without God’s help. But doing those works of the flesh will not make us one bit more like our example Jesus. What we can’t do by ourselves is to produce the fruits in verse 22. Again what’s impossible for us, is done by God the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Sharon and I encourage you to pray about this and ask your Heavenly Father to change you through His Holy Spirit to be more like Jesus.
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