Accepted by God–in the midst of a “Sin-fest”
On Sunday as I was walking into the church, I asked a friend how her week had been. She honestly and humbly shared that it was a hard week, one where the sin seemed to be “pouring out.” Boy, I can relate to that. And actually, I can relate all to well today! It wasn’t long ago that I finished laying the kids down for a nap, after appologizing to them for the third or fourth time this morning for responding to them in anger. And over what? I don’t even remember, something silly I’m sure that incovenienced me in some way from doing something I wanted to do. God, however, was merciful to not allow me to wallow in condemnation. As I cleaned the dishes from lunch I was reminded of the very words I shared with my friend on Sunday, repeated back to me.
“Kelly, because of what Christ has done, you are accepted into God’s arms just as warmly today as ever.”
Then, the verse Ben shared on Sunday, of the same theme, came to mind:
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14
And as if that weren’t kind enough of God, He reminded me of something Jerry Bridges wrote in The Gospel for Real Life:
“As we come to Christ, then, empty-handed, claiming no merit of our own, but clinging by faith to His blood and righteousness, we are justified. We pass immediately from a state of condemnation and spiritual death to a state of pardon, acceptance, and the sure hope of eternal life. Our sins are blotted out, and we are “clothed” with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In our standing before God, we will never be more righteous, even in heaven, than we were the day we trusted Christ, or we are now. Obviously in our daily experience we fall far short of the perfect righteousness God requires. But because He has imputed to us the perfect righteousness of His Son, He now sees us as being righteous as Christ Himself.” Jerry Bridges, The Gospel for Real Life, p. 98-99
So, I’m so grateful to God. I’m grateful that He speaks to me throughout the day. I’m grateful that even though I’m sure I will still sin today, God’s grace is sufficient for me, and that He will always provide a way out of temptation. And I’m so grateful that regardless of my “sin-fest” today, He sees me as He sees His Son.
Thank you Jesus, for enduring the cross for sinners like me. And thank you, God, for accepting this sacrifice on my behalf! Thank you for accepting me through Christ’s death on the cross!