I criticize. My heart is not abiding, mind not set on Him and its the first thing I do when I meet someone. And I stand a mess looking for another mess to feel better than. But the commandment bids me love them as I Love myself, that second commandment that’s like the first. And how is it like the first, like Love for God? It’s in Loving Him, in abiding only, that we have confidence, not shame. (1 Jn. 2:28) Confidence in the righteous record that we as believers have been given, knowing that because of the Son’s work we’re 100% accepted. And grateful Love lives there, because eyes on the cross we realize how little we deserve this and look around to find the ground that we all stand on is level. We all needed grace just as much. If we did not do as bad as another we both still failed the test of eternity. What matter then if we failed less than another? (paraphrased, Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace) And standing where we can see that, we are upward focused on God and God is Love. (1 Jn 4:8) And as we abide in Him, He abides in us. The God who is Love abides in us. (1 Jn. 4:12) Love lives in us and Love covers sin. (1 Pt. 4:8) From the believer with eyes on the cross, Love flows, not just in talk, but in deed and truth. (1 Jn. 3:18) And when we Love in truth we recognize the sin of another only as we would recognize it in ourselves. (“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk. 12:31) Love covers sin. It does not make light of it, in word, or thought, for any other reason than Love. Love calls us to approach sin with help and warning and to see sin only with grief and grace.
My prayer is that you find God's grace pouring through your insecure moments. In this audio series, you'll receive a few quiet minutes of encouragement each month free in your email inbox. I hope it helps you find sweet gifts inside the feelings.