Feel bad about you? – Feel really bad about you!

Feel bad about you? – Feel really bad about you!

No one does good, not a single one. – Rom 3:12 

Rom 3:23-25 

 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark (Michelangelo).

We often find ourselves wondering what other people think about us. We are naturally afraid that we won’t somehow measure up to some real or imagined standards of others.

Do you feel bad about you? The Father has a simple solution for this. Instead of measuring ourselves by other people’s standards, or even our own, we are to measure ourselves by His. Then when you recognize how far short we fall, you wind up feeling really, really bad!

There is a major difference between feeling relatively bad about yourself and feeling absolutely bad about yourself. When you feel relatively bad about yourself then you can try to improve yourself or avoid the bad feelings altogether. But when you feel absolutely bad about yourself then there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. This actually brings about a resolution.

When we evaluate ourselves in light of the Father’s standards, we always fall short. All of our self-concern dissipates. There is no longer any wondering about where we stand. Our blindness is removed and suddenly we see things as they really are. We are simply dismal failures. We all fall short! In a word we are condemned.

Does this new awareness make you feel better? Not so much. But it will. Absolutely condemned people are in desperate need of the mercy, graciousness, and love of the Father in heaven. Paul reminds us we were not on a friendly basis and making  vast improvements when the Father intervened. Rather when we were the Father’s enemies, that’s when He sent Christ to die for us. He intervened to resolve the lowest, worst part of our human condition. He sent Jesus as our sacrifice exactly for that.

Rom 5:10 While we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

The Father has provided a major paradigm shift for all of His children. We stood helpless, completely and totally in the wrong and condemned. He sovereignly and freely declared us to be righteous. And so we are! We are now in the right.

Rom 3:24-25 

 24 God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Rom 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

REFLECT & PRAY
 

You don’t drown by falling into water. You only drown if you stay there (Zig Ziglar).

Father thank you for lifting me out of the miry pit and placing me on solid ground.

INSIGHT
 

Suppose you are walking in rather swampy woods. Suddenly you find yourself a couple of steps into quicksand and rapidly sink up to your neck. First, you have to find a way out of the terrifying and deadly mess you find yourself in. Second, you have to get cleaned up. All the muck and mire covering you from the neck down has to be removed.

That is exactly what the Father has done! He has removed us from the miry pit, the ugly mess we made of our lives. Then He made us thoroughly clean as if it had never happened at all. We are no longer sullied. All the blots and blemishes are removed.

In a sense we have been put on trial and found guilty. We stood condemned. But the Father has done something absolutely wonderful and astonishing. We have a whole new legal standing. Through faith in Christ, we have been justified and declared righteous by God, once for all. The result of this is that the Christian no longer lives under the fear of judgment and the wrath of God but has peace with God, which is not merely a subjective feeling but an objective reality (ESV notes).

The enemy focuses on our old mess and rubs our noses in it. The Father focuses on our redemption and cleansed lives. He encourages each of His children.

This provides us with an unexpected, yet delightful opportunity. We can continue to focus on and recall to mind the dark failures of our lives, or we can focus on the clean, pure righteous redemption He has wrought. Darkness or light, the choice is ours.

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