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It's so immensely complicated and yet so straightforward for us to attain righteousness.
We want to earn it -- it's in our DNA, and we are wired to achieve, to earn, to make for ourselves. We figure it we can just try hard enough, we can make it.
But God has to give it. We cannot overcome the effects of sin on our own - it requires a Savior who can pay the price, and only a Savior who has lived a perfect life can do so. Christ is the atonement for our sin, offering us peace with God, giving us his righteousness, so that we might live in peace with God.
It's a gift from God for us to receive, not earn. May we do so with open hands and grateful hearts.