“He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight’.”

– Luke 15:16

When we talk about The Creed of the Beloved, I might start by saying that in God’s eyes, I’m not what I do, I’m not what I have and I’m not what people say about me. It’s important for us to remember this, because what God sees and what He knows is what’s true. If I see something and God sees something else, what He sees is more accurate. The reality is that He loves us just as we are, not as we should be.

Religious elites may have told you that once you get your spiritual report card right, then you can go to church and be a Christian. Forget that. Let it go! God loves you just as you are, and if you lose sight of that, everything else you do comes from the spiritually dead place of trying to earn the Kingdom of God. You can’t earn it. It’s a gift, and that’s good news of the Gospel of Grace!


God, help me to see myself through your eyes of love and grace, not through a lens of self-condemnation.


Which promises from God’s Word can you stand on as you grow in the truth that you are not what you do, what you have or what others say about you?

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One Response

  1. Please check the Scripture reference for this devotion.
    Luke 15:16 does not seem to be the reference for the Scripture quoted.

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