Romans 15:7 NLT
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
It is a good thing there was no background check when I decided to accept God's gift of salvation.
Think about it. When we go for a job interview we have to prove we are qualified before we even get our foot in the door. Then there are tests to take and interviews. Even after we are hired there sometimes is a trial period where they can let us go without recourse.
Imagine having to do that to get into the Kingdom of God. Under the old covenant that is exactly what happened. That was the age of law. Obey them all and you might get in. Miss one and you started over.
Under the new covenant we are in the age of grace. There are no background checks or interviews. We simply say from our heart "Yes Lord. I believe."
He accepts us right where we are at in our life, no matter what our past has been like. He gives us forgiveness from all sin, freedom from our past, and a guarantee of our future. And His Grace covers us forever.
Thank you, Jesus for all you did for me at the cross. Thank you for my freedom.