“Heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people.”
To those who believe in God: Don’t forget it is people who are broken, hurting, struggling, lonely, angry, ashamed, living a lie — it is those people whom Jesus brings to himself. We forget we were once like that. We don’t admit we still are. Be full of grace, and above all, do what you were called to do: love. Show God’s unfailing, unconditional, and always faithful love.
To those who do not believe in God: Don’t forget believers are still human. They are imperfect people just like the rest of the world. They are broken. They hurt. They make mistakes. Though we as believers are supposed to reflect Christ, we are not Christ. We want our lives to reflect the beauty of God, but when our sin gets in the way, I hope you also see the grace of God. Look only to God to know God fully. We can only aspire to be a reflection God, but will never have the capacity to love as greatly as He does.
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” Romans 3:22-24 (New Living Translation)