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We all fall short—and we continue to fall short—of God’s brilliance, God’s standard, and God’s glory. By nature, we are opposed to him and never meet the standard. The beauty in Romans 3:24-25 is that we are justified by his grace through the gift of grace through Jesus.
Grace is not the license to do as we please but the power to do as we should. The struggle with sin is real, but we have security in Christ. If you didn't work your way into God's favor, you can't work your way out of it.
When people ask, "How can God allow suffering?" we can ask in return, "How can God give grace?" Try approaching this very difficult question from the other end: it's not "why do bad things happen?" but "God, I can't believe you allow so many good things to happen!"