But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
An expert in the Jewish law asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asks him what the law says, and he replies that it is to love God and to love our neighbour.
To justify himself, the man asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?” In response, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan.
We always want to justify ourselves. We always want to look good to others and to God.
The law is too hard to keep. God’s standard of righteousness is too hard to match. To cover our guilt we make excuses that seem to justify our actions.
We can never make ourselves right under the law.
Even if we could fulfil every letter of God’s law and live a perfect life, it would still not be enough.
A religious approach to life will always disappoint us and God. We can never be good enough for Him by our own efforts alone.
In Christ we do not have to live up to expectations that are too high.
In Christ we are already accepted by God. The sin is washed away in His blood. Better still, He gives us the grace to be “good.” And when we fail, He keeps on forgiving.
Acceptance comes first, and then the ability to live a life that is acceptable. God does not want performance form us. He wants love.
When I was saved, the love of God flooded into my heart. My response was, “God loves me so much; how can I love Him in return?”
I don’t worry about sin or about being good enough. No, I seek to serve my Father and to let Him correct my actions and attitudes. Much better to have a loving coach than to just read the rule book!
In Jesus there is no need to feel guilty abut our sins. There is no need to justify ourselves when we fall.
God’s love covers it all.
Thank you Jesus for paying the price for my sin. Thank you for showing me what love looks like. Help me to walk in fellowship with you every day, letting your grace transform my heart. Amen.