For twenty (20) years I have spoken strongly against sin and equally against self-righteousness. Sin and self righteousness are two acts that reject the love of God.
When I speak strongly against sin, the “Twisted Grace” preachers are not happy. They think I am implying that good works can make us righteous. They call me a law preacher…
When I speak strongly against self-righteousness, now the “Law” preachers are not happy. They think I am rejecting God’s law. Paul explains, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4 – They call me a grace preacher…
What I am saying is the law can never make us righteous. Love looks like something, and it certainly does not look like sin.
Additionally, self righteousness is an attempt to buy God’s love by our good works. It is an accusation of the character of God and attributes the most horrible qualities to God. What do you call someone who trades in love? I will stop there.
Jesus said, “A certain man had two sons….” One was lost in sin and the other was lost in self righteousness. One son thought that his father’s love could only make him a servant and the other son thought that all his hard work would gain him favor in his Daddy’s eyes. This is really a story about two prodigal sons, not one. You can be lost in sin or equally lost in self righteousness.
If we remove sin and self righteousness, what are we left with? Love! God’s pure, unconditional love.
He loves us whether we are good or bad. He does not love the bad things we do, but He loves us. He shows us what love looks like and gives us an invitation to love like Him. Why not open your heart to this love until you fall in love with God?
God loving me and I loving Him and together, we love the world. Can’t get much better than that!
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