Blameless. Without fault. Beyond reproach.
And music to my ears.
My daughter shared a book from her psychology class with me: The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The book explores the Enneagram (pictured above), an ancient personality type system. Uniquely, the authors tie this personality system to a person’s spiritual walk, highlighting each type’s deadly sin and offering ways to deal with one’s weak spots.
Helpful, hopeful, and humbling. All in one read.
Cron offers nine numbered personality types. I’m a One. The Perfectionist. I didn’t even take the test. One look at the blurb and I knew. Here’s a line from my chapter, “As a rule, Ones have a merciless inner critic; unlike ours, it never goes away. It’s punishing. It’s relentless.”
Welcome to my world.
So, when I read Jude in my quiet time this morning and saw blameless, well, I could breathe again.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 NASB)
As I prepare for Easter (April 1), I’m looking at the Gospel, the Good News. And for this One, blameless is good news.
So what’s your good news? We often take our salvation for granted. This week:
- Make a before-and-after salvation list.
- Before salvation, what were you dealing with that is now gone or at least, manageable?
- What do you have now that you didn’t before you committed your life to Christ?
- What will you have in the future that wasn’t on the table before?
- What hits your heart the hardest?
Refresh your memory. Soak in the goodness of His mercy and forgiveness.
“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” (Col 1:21-23 NASB)
The gospel. Best news ever.
Workout for the Week: Blameless
Memory Verse: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph. 1:4 NIV)
Meditation Passage: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 NASB)
Just Do It: Pinpoint your good news.