Time and time again, we fall short of the glory of God. Our response definitely determines who we are and how we will act in the future. Again, Repentant Sinner, or Saint covered in Grace?
As Sinners, we are not saved. Nothing will get us out of the Hell we make for ourselves. As in Romans 3:10-12 it says "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'"
Nothing we do can fix our problem. We need grace and forgiveness.
As Saints, we are saved, and covered in Grace. As Christians, no matter what you've done, you are still considered a saint in God's eyes. We are covered in His Blood. Nothing will separate us from His love. Later in Romans it says
"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (3:21-24)
We are justified by Him alone. Our works won't get us anywhere, but with the Holy Spirit we can do what pleases God. We don't need to beat ourselves up with our past faults. We have been forgiven!
But also, keep this in mind too. If God is in us, we should be striving to please Him. In Romans 6:1-4, 15-18, we see that we should be in God, not in sin.
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ...What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."
We're dead to sin, Alive in Christ!
I love you all!