“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV
I think a lot of us have this sense of inadequacy which has taken up root in some part of our being. I think most of us try our hardest to leave that part of ourselves alone, merely doing all we can to cover it up, avoiding the action of dealing with it. We put on this facade which entices people to become familiar with a superficial version of ourselves. And it's fulfilling at first, to be comforted in a shallow sense that which we are accepted by others because they don't know the truth...they don't know the real us. But again, that's terrifying. That's terrifying to think we'd settle for a false sense of comfort, missing out on being truly known and deeply loved. It's terrifying we would rather have a fake version of us to be liked than the real version of us to be known. We set aside truth for comfort, but in the end, we lose that sense of being satisfied.
Dear sisters, our inadequacies are hopelessly beyond our own repair, but because of Jesus Christ, we don’t have to be perfect. He is our righteousness and our helper. Instead of trying to conform to the worldly idea of having ourselves look “all together”, we must cling to the Gospel which tells us we are deeply flawed and in great need of saving. It preaches to us the truth of being truly known and deeply loved by a God who will never stop loving us despite our dark secrets and despite our insecurities.
God knows the real you and loves you. It is because of Christ that God looks at us and finds us beautiful. The grace and kindness He has for us should draw us to repentance of our weak-minded attempts at trying to be “good enough”. God’s great love He has for His children reminds us that He wants us to come to Him. We bring our brokenness, our sinfulness, our failures, and God looks at us with an everlasting love, gladly welcoming us. This is something to rejoice about.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. Thank You for the Gospel, and thank You for loving me so unconditionally. Humble me, Lord, as I rely on You today. Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross for me, atoning for my wickedness. You alone are my righteousness. Help me to rest in this truth. Amen.
Are you more focused on your failures rather than rejoicing in the finished work of Christ? Memorize Romans 5:8, and praise the Father for His great love.