Jack Miller once said: "Cheer up; you’re a lot worse off than you think you are, but in Jesus you’re far more loved than you ever could have imagined."
The bad news is bad (we aren't awesome and we have stirred the wrath of a holy God); but the good news of grace is really good. It's so good that we can never, in this life, fully comprehend it.
God knows who we really are. He sees past our fake smiles and knows our deepest secrets, insecurities, shame, remorse, guilt, pride, and idolatry. Yet, in Christ, he loves us anyway.
He loves us not because of who we are or what we have done, but because of who he is and what he has done.
Jesus lived a sinless life, died in our place bearing our sins, credited to us his righteousness, and adopted us into his family. We are now, in Christ, beloved sons and daughters of God - despite our brokenness and mess.
This is the scandalous gospel of grace. This is truly good news.
Our sin runs deep, but God’s grace runs deeper.Our love for God ebbs and flows, but his love for us, in Christ, never fails.
It is unwavering.
It is sure.