"for I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Matthew 9:13
I came across that verse this morning in my ragamuffin devo. I find so much peace and freedom in it. Knowing that no matter how righteous I try to pretend to be, it makes no difference.
A few weeks ago I posted this quote:
"My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it." - Brennan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel
I think these two statements go hand in hand. As we learn to embrace the fact that we are sinners, rotten to the core, unable to to any single positive, clean, perfect thing, and surrender our selfish nature over to our Savior, the Christian life becomes liveable. Knowing that no matter what I do, or think, or say, it will never be good enough, but that I am loved and forgiven regardless,,,,,,,,,what a breath of fresh air. I am able to live joyfully and have a peace in my heart because I have confidence in knowing that I am exactly the way I was meant to be. my creator didn't make any mistakes.