Our battle to justify our own actions can greatly destroy the peace in all our relationships. How wonderful and different is our justification in Christ!
Through Jesus we are proclaimed as righteous in God’s sight. Our justification is fully based Jesus’ act of pure love for us by His death on the cross. And peace with our Holy God is the eternal result!
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ–Romans 5:1
Personal Reflections from Sylane: I don’t want to be too rough here, but self-justification is really just selfish.
ANY time, energy, excuse, explanation or defensive posturing that we give in order to justify ANY of our own bad behavior because of what we have sufferered–or how hurt or angry someone else has made us feel–just doesn’t work!
Self-justification is a deflective, defensive, sin-denying, self-protective behavior that doesn’t have anything to do with the peace, freedom, forgiveness and righteousness that Jesus Christ GIVES to us through His bloody, cruel death on the cross for us.
People do hurt us. People do things that make us angry. BUT! We always have the choice–ALWAYS–to do things God’s ways.
We do NOT have to be bitter–just because the situation is (or the other person is!)
We do NOT have to prove that WE are right–just because the other person is wrong.
And ANY behavior in thought, word, action or reaction–that comes from a desire to put someone else down OR in some way punish them OR seek retribution for their bad behavior towards us–is just plain wrong.
We who are in Jesus Christ, have been given the Spirit of Jesus Christ–the Spirit of the Living God–who lives within us to guide us, direct us and teach us how to be more like Jesus.
And I am absolutely convinced that Jesus–the One who never sinned yet became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)–doesn’t have anything to do with self-justification!
Not one little bit! Not one little word! Not one nasty look! Not one unkind action!
No! We who claim to be in Jesus have been given the great gift of being justified before our Holy Heavenly Father for every single one of our own ugly sins (including self-justification!) so that we may receive the very peace of God for ourselves!
Let us by God’s loving power truly forgive others. And let us in honesty and humility admit that we have done wrong–without hanging onto even one single shred of self-justification.
When we accept the gift of life-sacrificing justification given through Jesus, we recognize that any attempt on our part to continue to self-justify our own wrong behavior (no matter how provoked we may feel) is a complete denial and rejection of all that Jesus has done for us!
Self-justification doesn’t work. It is a waste of time and destructive. Jesus’ full and holy sacrifice on the cross already has worked, perfectly and completely, to justify all who believe by faith–once and for all, for all time.
May we each give up ALL self-justification so that we may more fully receive and give to others the love, forgiveness, peace and grace of God that comes only through our Lord Jesus Christ!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane