Bedtime is always the time for my children to decide that it’s a good time to ask all their deepest questions, tell of any weight-bearing sin, cry because they don’t understand why they are sick, or are just genuinely sad or scared about something. So tonight, my son asks me as I’m tucking him into bed,”Mommy, how do I know that I’m saved?” And even after discussing the process of salvation, he still says, “Mommy, it’s still foggy.” So it was then, that I had to stop and pray and try desperately to remember the verses I know, that I somehow in that moment cannot remember. In the end, I told him, whenever we start thinking about OUR-selves, and OUR sins, we are taking our eyes off of who we should be looking to, and looking to ourselves. And I also told him that when there are doubts to say, “Salvation isn’t about me, its all about Jesus.”
Romans 8.1: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
We see in John 8 in the story of the adulterous woman. Jesus is teaching in the temple when those religious peeps come in thinking they are gonna get him..but Jesus knew what they were doing. “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act! You know what Moses law says. What do you say to this?” No answer, He just bends down and starts writing on the ground with his finger. They keep pestering him so finally he stands up and says,”Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone.” He then bends down and starts writing again. After hearing this the accusers all left one by one. When it was just the two of them Jesus asks,”Woman, where are your accusers?”and she says,”There are none, Lord.” Then He says the words I love to hear, ”Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on sin no more.”
We LOVE this don’t we? Isn’t it a beautiful picture of how He is with US?! We love that He is compassionate towards us when we sin. We are thankful He isn’t up there with a hammer ready to beat on our heads. But, are we showing others the same gentleness? Or are we quick to accuse and gossip and to be honest, just decide you don’t want to like people anymore because of a sin or maybe just who they are? The family that we have been oh-so graciously adopted into by our Father has not been condemned by Him either. Let me tell you, I am not gracious and loving the way He is and I pray He is conforming me day by day into even a fraction of the image that He is. Because this love my friends, this forgiveness, and this graciousness is not natural in my makeup. But I need to pour it out so that it will be poured out to me when I mess up, when I need correcting and discipline. Jesus dealt with her sin in a gentle way, and so I must do the same.
I love my kids. And being a parent helps me understand what He feels towards all of us. I would do anything to save my child. And He did. In response to that love, let us love one another.
Romans 5.6-8: “For while we were weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person - though for a good person one would dare even to die, but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 John 4:19: “We love because He first loved us.”
Blessing to you all!