What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34)
It wasn’t a great day. It started well enough but then it began down the slippery slope. And as I was flipping through my Bible this page fell open. If God is for us, who can ever be against us? And I thought, me. Who is against me? I am.
There’s the saying ‘You are your own worst enemy’. And I hate that feeling, the self-loathing and self-hating. The beating yourself up. That you treat yourself worse than you would treat someone else. And yet we continue to fall into the trap.
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one – but me. Who then will condemn us? No one – but me. Sometimes it feels like this is what is written.
It is unique how the NLT translation answers both of these questions with No one, followed by the reason why. And it’s those reasons why that I think our hearts need to hear on the days when it believes No one – but me. God himself has given us right standing with him. If we are in right standing it means we are in right relationship…God must see us as alright.
And Christ Jesus died for us and was… pleading for us. I wonder what he is pleading for for me right now. That I might see my strengths rather than my weaknesses? That I might remember my wins rather than my losses? That I might focus on when I was right rather than my mistakes? That I might love myself like he loves me?
Note to self: If God is for me, I should be for me. If God loves me, I should love me.