Why is it so easy to beat ourselves and each other up over sin? Why do people get so much pleasure in pointing out the weaknesses in each other when we all have them? Why do we send others into hiding because of how we mistreat their shortcomings? Why are we so afraid to be ourselves when this is how we all are and we all know it? Why do we wear a big ole sin-free mask in front of others? Why are we so hard on ourselves?
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:21-26
What if we believe we have been justified and made righteous through His blood? What if we were able to see others through that lens? What if we believed our weaknesses should be celebrated because of WHOSE strength they magnify?
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
I wonder how much of Christ’s power we forfeit in our lives because we just can’t admit to our own shortcomings and weaknesses? And I wonder how much real life we miss out on because we don’t believe He has forgiven us and made us righteous?
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
Just some things I’ve been thinking about today. Just some things that seem to me to offer freedom from the chains we place on ourselves and each other. Just some things that seem to offer a little more joy than the need to hide and cover up our shortcomings. It’s a whole lot easier to admit to my faults when that brings an increased measure of Christ’s power over my life. Who doesn’t need and want that?