There are a lot of things people believe the Bible says that it actually doesn’t. For instance, people think they’re quoting the Bible when they say, “Money is the root of all evil.”
Actually, the Bible doesn’t say that. Here’s what it does say: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV).
Here’s another one: “God helps those who help themselves.” Not only is this falsely attributed to the Bible, but it’s also not biblical. The truth is that God helps those who can’t help themselves. To put it another way, God helps the helpless.
The apostle Paul establishes this truth in the first three chapters of Romans. He systematically destroys every defense that nonbelievers may offer as to why they don’t believe. He shows us that we’re all guilty before a holy God whom we have offended.
And then he shows us where the answer is: “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:21–22 NLT).
Humanity, with all of its rituals, regulations, and religion, hasn’t been able to reach God. But God reached out to us by sending His son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise from the dead. Despite our shortcomings, God has extended His grace (unmerited favor) toward us. Despite our sin, God has never stopped loving us.
You’re more loved than you ever thought you were.