Paul concludes in Romans 3:19-20 that the purpose of the law is to make us all aware of our sin. Those who are under the law which includes everyone are held accountable to God and no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law.
It is impossible to be justified before God by our own efforts because no one is perfect. Lou Nicholes makes the following statement in his daily devotional:
Sin has infected and affected every part of our being. But to say that, is to say nothing more than the historic Protestant doctrine of Total Depravity. It means that sin has affected every part of man’s being; his mind, his emotions, his will, his intellect, his moral reasoning, his decision making, his words and his deeds.*
This day with You Lord, we are thankful for today’s passage that points out that the law helps us to see our faults and understand that we need help. We are thankful that Jesus is that help and the Spirit gives us the freedom to start new, to plan, to think and come up with ideas that make us better. For it is in Jesus name that we pray. Amen!