Interesting, I think many miss this concept that is found in Isaiah 64:6 which says, “All our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” They try and try to be “good” and yet, it’s meaningless in the end. The author of Crazy Love points out that “the literal interpretation of “filthy rags” in this verse is “menstrual garments” (think used tampons … and if you’re disgusted by that idea, you get Isaiah’s point). ” Yuck! I get a clear picture of that! The point isn’t that we don’t need to do good things and try to live righteously, the point is that no matter how good we are, nothing will ever cover the sins we commit. The only thing that can cover that stain is the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid for all those sins through his suffering and dying.
The author asks a question that needs to be pondered by everyone. “Do you love this God who is everything, or do you just love everything He gives you? Do you really know and believe that God loves you, individually and personally and intimately?” Good questions. Early in the chapter he talked about a student that asked, ‘Why does God make us love him.’ His point is that if we don’t we go to hell. So in essence, he is MAKING us love him. I never looked at it that way. But it can also bring up another God question, do I love God because it’s a free ticket out of hell?
I think God knows our hearts and he knows why we love him. We can try to hide from the truth if we want to, it doesn’t matter because He knows. We can’t fool Him even though we may be trying to fool ourselves.
Many good questions to ponder. It’s time to check myself and come to grips with the truth to those questions. And if needed, make some changes.