Please don't give me you answer because I don't need to know what you would do if you self-examined and found yourself lacking - I only need to know thsat I have self-examined and found myself lacking in total agreement with God's word, "All have sinned and fallen short..." I am part of that "all."
So what did I do? - or what do I continue to do when I find myself in short-fall? I pead with the Lord to increase my faith in Him, in fact, He increases my faith in Him every time I find myself exactly like God said we all are. And when God opened my eyes to see that clearly, I fell before Him in joyous love-increase towards Him because He first loved me enough to die for my sins so I could receive HIS righteousness accredited to my account. Salvation is God's GIFT and keeping commandments is something HE empowers people to do, not something they do on their own steam (we got no steam) trying to pay for God's gift. If you fail to put Jesus' reply to one under the old covenant into context of what was expected of people under that old covenant, you will end up working yourself into great pits of depression by trying to work for salvation and suffering failure upon failure upon failure on every commandment. Take a look at the good news - 1 Cor. 15:3-4 is not prefaced with anything like "if you keep the commandments .. .... it simply states that Jesus Christ died FOR OUR SINS - NOTHING about what we did or could ever do - He died for our sins while we are yet sinners. And if you are looking for "gems" that one is one of a kind more valuable that all gems put together.
Instead of quoting bits and pieces of things Jesus said to those He spoke to BEFORE He brought in the new covenant, try praising God that you do not need to pay Him for His GIFT of eternal life - in fact CANNOT pay Him for His GIFT - because it is a GIFT and gifts cannot be work for without making them into wages. Put yourself in God's shoes for a moment - supposing you gave a GIFT to your spouce or someone you love with all your heart and simply given to express your love -- and your loved one insists that he/she MUST pay you for your GIFT. Yup, I think you would be offended - don't you think it offends God when we (His dearly loved ones) try to earn His GIFT.
I repeat and repeat over and over and over again because I know from my own experience the difference in me that took place as soon as God opened my eyes - and what I try to do is get through the normal human blindness by boring people to death with repetition upon repetition always praying to God, "open, open, open, please open his/her eyes like you did mine."
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