After Adam sinned once, he was judged guilty. But the gift of God is different. God’s free gift came after many sins, and it makes people right with God. One man sinned, and so death ruled all people because of that one man.
But now those people who accept God’s full grace and the great gift of being made right with him will surely have true life and rule through the one man, Jesus Christ.
So as one sin of Adam brought the punishment of death to all people, one good act that Christ did makes all people right with God. And that brings true life for all. One man disobeyed God, and many became sinners. In the same way, one man obeyed God, and many will be made right. The law came to make sin worse. But when sin grew worse, God’s grace increased.
Sin once used death to rule us, but God gave people more of his grace so that grace could rule by making people right with him. And this brings life forever through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:16-21 NCV)
Humans are far more judgmental than God. Our own dispensing of judgment is often disproportionate to a perceived wrong or evil. When we are wrong, we want, perhaps expect mercy, or at least leniency when it comes to judgment. But watch out when we are wronged! We often want revenge and retribution that is way out of proportion to the offense.
God is so different from us, it's incomprehensible. He who is truly just and righteous, and is known for His ever fresh and enduring mercy (Lam 3:22-23; Psalm 136:1-26), pours out grace to smother our sin—our rebellion towards Him.
The first human, Adam, wanted his own way, which produced a cascade of death for hundreds of generations. God sends His only Son—humble and gracious (Matt 11:29)—to turn the tide of death and replace it with a flood of grace.
I'm more than thankful for God's grace to remove my guilt, I'm awed by its power! ©Word-Strong_2015