Psalm 139:1 – Lord, you have examined me and you know me. (GNB)
Romans 5:8 – But God has shown us how much he loves us — it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! (GNB)
My hair stylist is on maternity leave, but she is willing to cut hair at home. Recently, my children had their haircuts by this stylist, and the new haircuts looked terrific. I complimented our stylist for giving good haircuts. She stated: "I have always been good at haircuts. I am not good at perms. I like doing colours."
These comments come from one who knows her strengths and weaknesses in the field of hair styling. Robert A. Schuller guides people through "12 Steps for Spiritual Growth" in his book: Dump Your Hang-ups Without Dumping Them on Others. In Step 4, "I will make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself", the participant comes face to face with his or her strengths and weaknesses. Seeing ourselves for who we are is a painful process.
Schuller uses the example of Peter's betrayal of Christ. Peter wept bitterly when he realized that he had let Jesus down. He was also crying because he had a good close look at himself. We, like Peter, must face ourselves in order to comprehend our desperate need of God's help. When we are prepared to take this step in faith, we will begin to realize the depth of God's love for us. He sent His son Jesus to die for us while we were sinners.
Prayer: God of our salvation, look down on us with mercy and love. Help us to see ourselves as we really are, so that we can discover more fully the depth of your unending love for us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.