As mentioned in a previous post, part of my job consists of doing transcription of interviews. I’ve highlighted a few quotes in the past, and below is another one:
Yeah, and you know, we’re big… we’re big believer, big Jesus people. You know, we try to live our life according to how He lived His life and praying and trying to be a good person, which is hard. But we strive to be that and it’s given us great peace…. great peace.
How on earth could that possibly give this woman great peace? How could anyone find great peace trusting in themselves to live like Jesus? If this woman had read her Bible, she would be filled with anxiety and gripped with fear. For Jesus said, “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Perhaps she thinks she does.
Jesus finds no joy in this woman.
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.