... a weekly letter of encouragement.
May 30, 1994
HERE ARE FOUR WAYS WE CAN ROB OURSELVES OF GOD'S BLESSING:
#1 Judge ourselves:
"...I do not even examine myself (literally: Judge, try, condemn)...The one who examines me is the Lord...who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts..." ( I Corinthians 4:3 - 5)
Paul did, however "examine" his heart, but the element of self-condemnation was absent:
"Test (Literally: assay, scrutinize) yourselves to see if you are in the faith." (II Corinthians 13:5
#2 Condemn ourselves:
"There is...no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)
"...God is infinitely greater than our hearts ( in not condemning us). When we realize this, our hearts no longer accuse us...(and) we may have the utmost confidence in God's presence." (I John 3:20-22 - Phillips)
#3 Not accept His unconditional love:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness." ...God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 5:8)
#4 Not accept His invitation to minister to us:
"Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you...He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you." (Isaiah 30:18, 19).
GOD KNOWS AND LOVES YOU, WARTS AND ALL. BY JUDGING OR CONDEMNING YOURSELF, YOU DENIGRATE THE GREAT GRACE OF GOD. SO RELAX IN HIM AND DRINK IN HIS UNFATHOMABLE LOVE.
Have a great week!
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