For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
My husband taught from this passage on Sunday. I love these words; they express exactly how I feel... I’ve stopped trying to meet a bunch of requirements... For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me... That means I realize every day very quickly how hard it is for me have enough will power to always do everything right. It’s impossible to measure up to an impossible standard set by God, other housewives, society, or even myself. Ugh. God knows how weak I am in all areas of life. There’s no perfection here!
Instead, the freeing way to live is to “live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God.” Just live every day trusting Jesus. Would Jesus do that? Would Jesus think about that? Would Jesus waste time on that? Would Jesus say that? The times I trip up are the times I don’t consider these questions. Not that asking WWJD predicts any kind of perfection from me, but it at least puts me on the right track!
Thank you for not expecting me to be perfect and for seeing me as perfect simply because I believe in your Son (this is still sounds to good to be true, but it is)! I desire to live by being like him not by competing with him for perfection. I want to be like Jesus because he is good and he does what you say. He is good for my heart, he is good for the people I love, and you are so good for giving him to me. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.