The god of religion kills!
How does Jesus make a huge difference from religion?
Vs. 12 “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12
The law for all its goodness and holiness will automatically set you up for a life at the altar of the god compare!
“If I follow one more rule or law just a little better than you than I am more holy than you”- sound familiar? It did for me for many formative years and even if only implied it will burden your soul until you either see god as a cruel deity in the sky or you get blessed enough to have the Grace crushed right into you.
The reason that we don’t compare ourselves to anyone else is simple – All my Holiness was created on the cross of Christ and outside of that cross nothing at all is in any way, shape or form Holy!
But look at the door this opens up-
1) How can I judge others? If I choose the cross we are all only made righteous by Him!
2) How can I not be Thankful? Look at the gift and the relationship I have not because of me but All Him!
3) How can I not Love others? After all we are All equal in need of His Love!
The Grace of God is what creates this amazing gift and it is the single destructive force to the god and altar of compare. It has absolutely nothing to do with you and it is completely based on His unmerited Love and Compassion for you.
The Law of God which is holy and just is that which caused me to see my need for Him but it has absolutely nothing to do with His Love for me or my relationship to Him except to let me see my need for Him.
I cannot ever hope to measure up to the Law of God but the gift of God is something that I don’t have to measure up to- I accept it – it’s called a gift for a reason! It is given to all who receive it and it can therefore never be taken away and never compared to another because it’s the same Amazing gift that is way beyond what any of us deserve.