Sometimes Satan tries to remind me of my past sins. He whispers, “Jim, you’ve messed up so much. There’s not a good bone in your body. You’re worthless and no good at all.”

Before Satan can steal my joy, I tell him, “Satan, you’re right. There’s not a good bone in my body. I am worthless and no good. But I’ve been born again by my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I’m a child of the King.”

So many of us fail to realize what God’s love really means. Jesus Christ died for us when we had absolutely nothing to offer Him. This gives us self-worth. If God thought enough to give His life for us, He must think we’re pretty special. That does away with our inferiority complexes, doesn’t it?

For those of us who think we’ve arrived, Christ’s sacrifice puts us in our place. It took just as much of His blood to save us as for the thief crucified beside Him. We’re nothing without Christ. Yet with Christ, we have everything.

Do you feel down because you’ve failed the Lord? Maybe you indulged a secret addiction last night, and you feel guilty. Or you’re overconfident after a spiritual victory. Keep Christ’s love in proper perspective. His blood has erased all your sins, and His love begs you to serve Him. No matter how you or others view your life, the love of God can make you a lovely picture of divine grace.

Nothing binds me to my Lord like a strong belief in His changeless love. — C. H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder