A Noteworthy Ramble on Worth
The duality of man (or woman), for every believer... to denote to be worthless (i.e. inherit sin nature), but also something in Christ (i.e. forgiveness of sin) at the same time is the seesaw concept is one that admittedly I have struggled with throughout my years. I don’t claim to be the specialist on the topic, but here are some things I have learned on my own journey.
We allow people to treat us by how we feel we deserve to be treated, rather than how we should be treated.
If one grows up feeling like they are at fault, they wish to take upon the blame of others. Where-as if one grows up feeling like they are entitled to the world, they (may) wish to take things rather than earn from merit. How should we (all) be treated? Love. In fact, if you would like to read up on here, OpenBible has 39 lovely verses just waiting to let you know what the “good book” says.
Regardless of our sins (failings), we still have the right to limitless forgiveness, not through our own merit, but through that which comes from Jesus Christ.
Admittedly there have been times in which I have questioned my forgiveness. I allow negative and unholy thoughts to enter my noggin and tell me “I’ve gone to far” and that “God will surely turn His back on me now”. However, this is simply rubbish! Why do I say so? Look at all of the characters in the Bible! They each had their own issues in life, but God still forgave them AND used them in service. It says in Jeremiah of how we have always been known to God – which in conjunction with Romans how “we all have sinned”, we can equal this out to be as told in 1 John, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
So how do these two truths tie together?
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
The next time you feel like God can't use you, like you are being trapped by the worthless nature we all can fall to once in a while, just remember...
Noah was a drunk + Abraham was too old + Isaac was a daydreamer + Jacob was a liar + Joseph was abused + Moses had a stuttering problem + Samson had long hair and was a womanizer + Rahab was a prostitute + Jeremiah and Timothy were too young + David was an adulterer and a murderer + Elijah was suicidal + Isaiah preached naked + Jonah ran from God + Naomi was a widow + Job went bankrupt + John the Baptist ate bugs + Peter denied Christ + The disciples fell asleep while praying + Martha worried about everything + The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once) + Zaccheus was too small + Paul was too religious + Timothy had an ulcer + Lazarus was dead
(List thanks to SeniorMag)
(List thanks to SeniorMag)