so i live in this earthly body ~ a post by marli renee

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{to read more of her writing, check out her blog “cause for joy“}

I read this post a while back and it really touched and convicted a part of myself that had never been addressed before. These beautiful words are penned by Marli Renee. Her post goes as such:

“Last night, I looked someone in the eyes and told them they were disgusting.

I told them they could never change. I told them they were hopeless. I told them their lack of self-control was humiliating, and that they were ruining the gift God had given them.

Worst of all, I said it without a note of grace, kindness or forgiveness.

I was looking in the mirror.

Harder still, last night wasn’t a one-off incident. It’s something of a routine.

When faced with my faults, I fall back on shame, guilt and anger. I berate myself. I drag my faults into a dark corner and punch the heck out of them.

Because clearly, in the Scriptures, the harder you beat something the holier it becomes. Wait, what?

No.

How many times have you looked in the mirror and told yourself you’re ugly? Overweight? Flat? Scarred?

How many times have you looked at your closest friend and told them that? Disproportionate… What if you saw your natural physical flaws and human-ness with the same love you see your friend’s form?

If your friend has a sin issue, you gently, lovingly, firmly bring it to their attention. You work on a plan to overcome it. You do not shame, berate, or guilt. You don’t tell them their stupid. You don’t tell them they’ll never be able to change. Yet we heap these phrases on ourselves.

The Lord did not ask us to respond to sin with sin. Not an eye for an eye, or a tooth for a tooth. So what do we profit by taking our shame on ourselves? Have we taken on salvation upon our own shoulders?

I am not asking us to embrace our imperfections. I am asking us to throw off our dark and dirty deeds, and put on the weapons of light… the shining armor of right living (Romans 13). The full armor of God.

Truth around our waist, and God’s righteousness across our heart. Peace from the Word guiding our feet, and faith as the shield around us. Salvation guarding our mind, and the Spirit fighting on our behalf… which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 10)

None of these suggest shame, guilt, or self-inflicted punishment. We are not to clothe ourselves in contempt, with failure written across our heart. We are not to let doubt guide our feet, and anger to defend us. Mortification cannot guard our mind, and the sin cannot fight on our behalf.

Christ is our life (Col 3). In Him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17). We are no longer alive, but Christ lives in us (Galatians 2).

So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave his life for me.

Read that again. And again. And again. Then write it across your mirror. And over your heart. And when shame stares back at you, scream it out.

Yes, we recognize it’s flawed. There is room for improvement. So we encourage it in the race. We press on towards the goal. We turn our faces to the reality of Heaven. And we say with the Psalmist,

Yet still, I belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and you lead me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever!”

Amen?

2 thoughts on “so i live in this earthly body ~ a post by marli renee

    • Your post helped me so much! I’ve read it three or four times already and it continues to encourage me every time I read it. “So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave his life for me.” <– Beautiful. I have it written on my heart and in my thoughts. Blessings & Grace, Rachel

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