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Christian Counseling - Scriptural Equalizers

What is the remedy for self-condemnation, pride, poor self-image, self-centeredness, obsessive guilt, self-pity, shame, regret, disliking people and fearing people, to name a few? There are many needed helps and remedies, but here is one that stands out--scriptural equalizers.

The Bible tells us what brings down those with too high of an opinion of themselves and brings up those who lack esteem and a sense of worth--equalizers, and here are a few of them.

Truth.  From God's point of view truth gives us perspective and balance and can keep us centered in the middle in understanding we are seen by God as perfect in creation and in Christ, yet we still possess an active sin nature.

Forgiveness.  No matter how bad one is or low the behavior, God always forgives when one confesses and forgoes or attempts to forgo those same actions in the future. In this sense, no one is above us or below us. He completely removes our guilt and shame. Our secondary task is to accept it and live it.

Grace.  It is said that grace is giving us something we don't deserve. God's grace is impartial; it is for everyone, be it the rain or truth or the opportunity of eternal life. Everyone is equal in His sight, as He plays no favorites with grace.

Mercy.  It has been defined as not getting what we deserve. We all deserve to be separated from a holy and pure God who never does wrong. But His mercy permits His people to stand with Him in the Holy of Holies--His presence.

Christ.  The Greatest Equalizer, the man and God who made all of the above possible, not just for those who are good, Jewish, diligent workers, intelligent or special, but for anyone and everyone--kings and commoners, poor and wealthy, and talented and otherwise. As it has been rightly said, "We all are [equally] precious in His sight."

These and other equalizers put us on the same footing with one another--none better and none worse from God's view from His Throne. We are all His friends and brothers and sisters to each other.

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