Welcome to the Word for Wednesday meme! Each week, we share a scripture that has touched our hearts, whether it’s an old favorite or new light from the Holy Spirit. If you’d like to join us, post your scripture, with as much or as little commentary as you choose, and leave a link in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other posts! You’re also welcome to use this photo of my favorite Bible.
Do you blame it on the injured party? “Well, if you hadn’t done X, then I wouldn’t have done Y.”
Or maybe you compare yourself to other people. “So-and-so did much worse.”
Or maybe you take God’s grace for granted. “I know I’m not perfect, but God forgives me.”
The problem with all of these responses is that, not only are they dishonest, but you are defending yourself.
One real benefit of being a born-again Christian is that you no longer have to defend yourself. You can say “mea culpa” and go to the foot of the cross.
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
During a very difficult time in my life I heard a version of this song, and it was a blessed reminder of what Jesus did for us. I hope it’s a blessing to you, too.