There are times I tell myself I’m not measuring up………you know those thoughts. They are the ones that tell us, we aren’t good enough. We question whether we are a good parent, friend, neighbor or marriage partner.
So why in the world do we taunt ourselves like this? Because in this world of relentless pursuits and ideas, we really will never measure up. And the world loves to define us unless we choose to define ourselves in CHRIST. The world has a set of standards that are not GOD’S.
In GOD’S eyes however, HE sent HIS ONE and ONLY SON to measure up for us. HE knows we are broken people……..HE knows we are sinners and HE knows how often we cannot help ourselves. But while we were still sinners, CHRIST died for us………ROMANS 5: 8. HIS mercy for us was there even before time, before we were born and before we even realized our sin.
Self-condemnation and those feelings of not measuring up will never be solved in the court of public opinion…….no there you will never measure up either.
There is only one place to go and it’s the CROSS if you want to hear: no condemnation.
If we look at the two criminals dying on their cross next to JESUS, we see that one was unrepentant while the other asked JESUS for forgiveness:
LUKE 23: 42-43 “THEN HE SAID, “JESUS REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM.” JESUS ANSWERED HIM, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.”
There you have it……..at the CROSS there was no condemnation………
none at all!
The LORD JESUS could have pronounced that criminal (and you and me) evil and wrong…….but because he asked for forgiveness, he was given the grace that only the CROSS can give because at the CROSS there is:
There is always plenty of love from CHRIST to cover our self-condemnation. There is plenty of grace to cover our guilt too.
And oh how that grace covers a multitude of sins……..it covers what I should have done, but didn’t do, what I should have said, but remained quiet. HIS grace covers me for all my failings, my inadequacies, and my brokenness.
Come to the CROSS and see the love and sacrifice there by the ONE and ONLY, the ALPHA and OMEGA who loves us beyond anything or anyone we have ever known.
Because the CROSS says……….
The LORD says in Malachi 1: 2:
“I HAVE LOVED YOU.”
HE has, HE always is and will continue to love us as HIS sons and daughters and with that comes no condemnation, because we are HIS beloved.
Think on this: who in the world dies for a sinner? No one but JESUS has in all of history. No, not like that, not willing to be crucified when completely innocent. No one but an innocent lamb as the SAVIOR is and no ONE who has such an abundant love for us that even we who believe, cannot comprehend!
In JESUS alone we are set free from condemnation and self-condemnation……..
ROMANS 8: 2 “FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE HAS SET YOU FREE IN CHRIST JESUS FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.”
This is our assurance and hope, hope in our LORD JESUS and hope in the CROSS. Let this truth bring you joy each and every day dear reader! Hard as it is, let the self-condemnation end at the CROSS with the ONE who has died for you and WHO covers all of your sins, past, present and future.
When you have JESUS you are blessed, you are covered in HIS love and you are free!
ROMANS 5:18 “THEREFORE, AS ONE TRESPASS LED TO CONDEMNATION FOR ALL MEN, SO ONE ACT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS LEADS TO JUSTIFICATION AND LIFE FOR ALL MEN.”