"I have broken the Ten Commandments,
but I do good things for people."
Many people do similar
things. They may steal from their employer or cheat
on their taxes, then give to a charity or spend Thanksgiving
helping at a soup kitchen. They think they are balancing
the scales: they have done bad, and now they are doing
good. However, the Bible reveals that the motive of
guilty sinners is one of guilt (see Hebrews 9:14). They
are at-tempting to bribe the Judge of the Universe.
However, the Judge in this case will not be corrupt-ed.
He must punish all sinners. Good works cannot earn mercy;
it comes purely by the grace of God. He will dismiss
our iniquity only on the grounds of our faith in Jesus.