Have you ever struggled with the idea that you will never be good enough for God? This kind of thinking alienates you from God and distorts your understanding of the gospel.
Overloaded by a strong sense of guilt and shame, perhaps from a sinful past, there are believers who are tormented by this thought to the point of despair.Doubting their salvation, though saved, they lack confidence in what Christ had done for them. Failing to appreciate their absolute and total freedom that Christ had won for them, they easily slip into a bondage that causes them to have an inordinate fear of God.
Paul was a man with a chequered past. He wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy of how terrible a sinner he was until he was found by grace, and of how his life in Christ is a pattern for believers (1 Timothy 1:12-16). Jesus however did such a complete work in Paul that when he stood before King Agrippa, he declared as found in Acts 26:2,
2 I think myself happy.
When you think to yourself, how does that make you feel?
Many times, we get discouraged and end up feeling sorry for ourselves. There always seems to be something we don’t like about our habits and behaviour but are somehow powerless to change. This dissatisfaction affects the way we relate with God and others.
We need to know the difference between our position and condition in Christ.
Our position in Christ is both perfect and eternally secure. Our condition in Christ however might be subjected to ups and downs and everything else in between. We need to move from being guilty and condemned, because of our condition, to being justified and counted righteous because of Christ.
We can do nothing to fix our condition but to ask the Lord to get our condition to line up with our position in Him. Paul gave up trying to measure his life by his own standard, but instead lived it by the perfect standard of Christ. Let us learn from Paul and start seeing ourselves just as Christ sees us.
How do I usually resolve my feelings of distress, condemnation and unworthiness?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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