Jan. 3, 2018

Self-esteem/People-esteem

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11-12

Christians should be different – in a good sort of way. The bible teaches us to be in the world, but not of the world (Romans 12:2). Our current culture competes with what we know and cherish about God and godly living. But, that grace of God…wow. That amazing grace is greater than any bad choice or mistake that we make.

Self-esteem is something that Christians grapple with because we are told to put others first. We’ve also been handed a bill of goods that says to turn the other cheek and stay silent before anyone accusing us of anything at any time. Again, this is the danger of cherry picking scriptures without looking at the context or scripture in its entirety.

Jesus was meek. Jesus was never weak. Even as He hung on a cross experiencing unbelievable shame, embarrassment, and pain, Jesus remained strong. He took the time to make arrangements for His mother, a custom of His day. He took the time to forgive those who hung Him there. He took the time to make the statement “it is finished.” The spiritual war was won. By Jesus. Not because He turned the other cheek, but because He tapped into the strength God provided in His darkest hour. (Luke 23 and John 19)

This verse shared above is so important as we walk through life as Christians. It reminds us that God’s grace came to us and offers salvation to all people. Did you get that?  All people. Period. His grace also gives us the strength of Jesus to say, “No,” to anything that removes us from His godliness. “Just say no” may have been coined by Nancy Reagan, but “just do no” is straight from the heart of God.

There is a great deal of ungodliness running rampant in our world, in our country, in our churches and in Christian lives. Sadly, some goes around masking itself as “Christian.” I also remember what it was like to be young and tempted to do things apart from God’s will. It’s tough. Time and maturity, along with prayers for Jesus’ kind of strength, helps us develop spiritually.

To live self-controlled, godly lives in this present age requires that we accept God’s grace understanding that since God offers that grace to us, we should be more than willing to offer it to all people.

Note to self: All people, Roni.

Holy Father, You are Holy. I am not. I can be made holy in Your sight when I accept and cling to the sacrifice Jesus made in a spiritual realm for all people. Teach me to love all people the way You love me. Even those I don’t like very much. I can love them with a godly love through You. Thank you, Lord. Amen