Undeserving of grace

5 10 2010

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” (Roman 2:1-3)

Self-righteous: having or showing an exaggerated awareness of one’s own virtuousness or rights

As I have been thinking today about some of the things we as Christians do and say, I tend to save the word “self-righteous” to describe only a small extremist group of people who see themselves as the one and only truth, who openly scorn others for their differing choices or opinions (For instance, the Dove Church in Gainesville I would consider self-righteous, not to mention downright wrong).

However, as I hear people describe Christians by the thousands as self-righteous, it makes me wonder, how close are we in the minds of non-Christians to be lumped in the same category? This verse in Romans really hit home for me as it described something that we tend to joke about but is a serious infraction against God. We can not judge others for the same sins that we ourselves commit. Side note: We can not judge non-christians for their actions ever, they do not know our Jesus and therefore can not be held accountable for abiding by His laws.

Think about how many sins each of us commit daily . (Insert sin here) in God’s eyes is just as bad as every other one. Whether we tell a white lie, hold idols like money or relationships before God, or murder someone, we have still sinned and are undeserving of God’s forgiveness. We are all in the same boat. We deserve eternal punishment for our sin, yet that is not what we receive. We as Christians receive the love and mercy of God through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus in place of our own death.

In light of this truth, how can we be self-righteous? How can we ever think that we have rights to anything? We recieve daily undeserved grace, this is a gift, not a right. No wonder many people see all Christians as self righteous, we walk around seeming to say that we have done something great, we understand something “they” don’t. We are better. How untrue. We are all sinners, all far short of God’s glory, yet we recieve a precious gift of life that should lead us to repentance and complete devotion to God. It has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with Him.

In His love,

Stacey

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