Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Throughout Romans, Paul is expanding on a theme -- God's mercy is a free gift from above that we do not deserve, due to our sinful nature, but that Christ gives himself for us so that God might forgive us. Paul emphasizes the separation between us and God, but then he reminds us how much God has done to close that God. Paul is trying to remind us to be grateful for all that God has done, and to respond by living a life that pleases and honors God. Paul doesn't want us to get caught up thinking we deserve this or that, but rather to live out of gratitude, focused on what God has done rather than ourselves.