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The Gospel Safety Net

April 5th, 2013 1 comment

safety netWe are often afraid to look beneath the surface of our lives to discover the true condition of our heart. We hide because we don’t think we’ll be liked or esteemed if we are not strong and all-together.

So what gives us the strength and confidence to be authentic with God and with others?

In a word – the GOSPEL.

What’s the gospel? It means “good news.”

I love the way Pastor Peter Scazzero explains it in his book, The Emotionally Healthy Church:

“The gospel says you are more sinful and flawed than you ever dared to believe, yet you are more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope because Jesus lived and died in your place.”

I am valued, loved and accepted by Jesus Christ. My righteousness is separate from anything I do. I am righteous because Jesus, the sinless One, took my place and died for me.

The gospel creates a safe environment for me to look below the surface. I don’t have to be something I’m not. I don’t have to prove that I’m loveable or valuable. I don’t have to be right all the time.

God sees the 90% of the iceberg below the surface and He still loves me!

A revelation of God’s free grace gives us the courage to face the painful truth about ourselves. The gospel, like a safety net, is there to catch me if I fall. With the net firmly in place, I can begin to explore the painful areas of my heart while I allow the Lord to transform me into His likeness!