You Are Greatly Loved

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“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin” (Romans 4:7-8)

“Why does God not count my sins against me? Because He has already charged it to Christ. As the prophet Isaiah wrote, ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all’ (53:6).

“The only sin that can be successfully fought against is forgiven sin. We cannot begin to deal with the activity of sin in our lives until we have first dealt with its guilt. So here again we go back to the gospel and its assurance that God through Christ has dealt with our guilt.

God no longer counts my sin against me… God is for me, not against me. I am not alone in this battle with sin. God is not watching me from His heavenly throne saying, ‘When are you going to get your act together? When are you going to deal with that sin?’ Rather, He is, as it were, coming alongside me saying, ‘We are going to work on that sin, but meanwhile I want you to know that I no longer count it against you.’ God is no longer my Judge; He is now my heavenly Father, who loves me with a self-generated, infinite love, even in the face of my sin. That assurance greatly encourages me and motivates me to deal with the sin…

It is the gospel that motivates us to seek to be in our daily experience what we are in our standing before God.” (Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins, pages 35-36).

God’s love for you is greater than you can imagine, and He is able to make all grace abound to you. Look to Christ and learn to lean on his great love.

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I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).