While reading a daily blog to which I subscribe, I came across this quote from Herman Hesse: “The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.”
I think this may be the essence of how we are saved.
If we define “sin” as any action or event which tries to separate us from God, then whether the sin is one of our own making, or whether the sin is made against us, the possibility of atonement (being at one with God) can be found.
As Paul writes in the letter to the Romans (8:28, new International Version), “ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He continues in verses 38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We are saved in every moment, no matter what happens, because God is present in every moment, and we can never be separated from that great divine love.