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Listen to me. There is no hope – and I know the self-esteem culture of America has convinced you, probably since the time you where in grade school, otherwise – but the fact of the matter is there is no benefit to believing you’re good. Zero! Benefit. to believing that you’re good.
But I mean, tell me something good about myself. Why? I mean literally why? So that you can be encouraged?
I mean I don’t know… there is so much freedom. I can’t even begin to tell you how much freedom there is in acknowledging that you are bad. Because then it takes your eyes of, of you, and goes thank God for Jesus. And because of what He has done, nothing can separate me from Gods love. I’m in forever and I didn’t do anything, except mess this up. That’s freedom! And it resonates with people. It certainly resonates with people outside the Church.
I’ve said it before, but I mean the world doesn’t need to see our competence, they need to hear our confession. That we are just as messed up as they are. We are just as broken as they are. We are just as afraid as they are.
We are just as weak and frail and fallible as they are. We are just as much given to unbelief as they are, and doubt, as they are. And all of these things.
There is great great freedom in that.
-Tullian Tchividjian, How to be perfect: Part 8