Monday, April 27, 2015

"Better Than I Deserve" - In his words

“How you doing?”

When people ask how I'm doing, I reply, "Better than I deserve." I remember a well-meaning person responding, "Oh no Ossie, you deserve a lot," to which I replied, "Not really."

I was thinking about what I truly deserve God's judgment. We easily forget how sinful we are at the core of our being. Thinking of ourselves more highly than we should diminishes our sense of deep indebtedness to God for His grace. It discounts the price He paid to rescue us.

Time for a reality check! As the psalmist reminds us, God "has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities" (Psalm 103:10). Considering who we are in Light of a Holy and just God, the only thing we truly deserve is hell, and heaven is an absolute impossibility except for the gift of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. If God never does anything more than redeem us, He has already done far more than we deserve.
No wonder the psalmist says, "As the heavens are judge above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:11). Knowing ourselves for what we are, we can't help but say, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!" He gives us so much more than we deserve.

Lord Thank You for not dealing with us according to our sins. We are indebted to YOU for the love and grace that YOU demonstrated on the cross to purchase our pardon and forgiveness far beyond what we deserve!

If God never does anything more than redeem us, He has already done far more than we deserve.........

Have a bless and productive day

Feeling wonderful…
Ossie, Friday June 27th, 2014

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