For the last few weeks of this study, we've been visiting areas of our redemption in Christ that we often overlook and assume familiarity with. And yet, are we really that clear about who we are and what it is that Christ has truly done for us? Is it not astounding to consider that we must have a solid understanding of our sin in order to have a solid understanding of grace? Elyse says it well here: "I'm encouraging you now to fully embrace your sinfulness for one simple reason: so that you can fully embrace this great exchange, our "justification." (p. 71)
This week in Because He Loves Me, we are learning about our guilt, our justification in Christ, and whether we are ultimately pridefully self-condemning, or whole-heartedly submitting to the provision of righteousness through the cross.
"If godliness before him is what I was really after, then one look at the cross and empty tomb would suffice. But I can see that I'm frequently more concerned about whether I approve of myself than the fact that he approves of me. I sinfully long to be able to look at my life and feel good about my personal accomplishments..." (p. 75)
Oh, that we might rejoice and be satisfied in HIS approval of us! To be made righteous by a Holy God. That should, and will, change everything about how we think of ourselves and how we view our lives today. Chew and stew on it, friends! :)
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