Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' feet and said, "Leave me, Master, for I am a sinful man."
So Jesus went with them. But when he was not far from the house, the captain sent some friends to him, to say to him, "Master, do not take any more trouble, for I am not a suitable person to have you under my roof.
And as he was going into one village he met ten lepers, and they stood at some distance from him,
When they heard this, they were stung to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
So let us come with courage to God's throne of grace to receive his forgiveness and find him responsive when we need his help.
For I will be merciful to their misdeeds, And I will no longer remember their sins.' "
I will get up, and go to my father, and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your eyes;
But the other reproved him and said, "Have you no fear even of God when you are suffering the same penalty?
You must go and learn what the saying means, 'It is mercy, not sacrifice, that I care for.' I did not come to invite the pious but the irreligious."
But God proves his love for us by the fact that Christ died for us when we were still sinners.
1 Timothy 1:15
It is a trustworthy saying, entitled to the fullest acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of them,
1 John 1:8
If we say, "We are without any sin," we are deceiving ourselves, and there is no truth in our hearts.
But many who are first now will be last then, and many who are now last will be first.
But many who are first now will be last then, and the last will be first."
Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Master, what ought we to do?"
I have not come to invite the pious but the irreligious to repentance!"