“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’ Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” 3:13-14
This verse jumped out to me this morning, namely the use of the term “cursed”. Another time this word is used in the Bible is when God curses Satan for provoking the woman to sin in Genesis 3. Yiiiiikes.
Jesus took upon himself our wrongdoing. He covered us, and we are to follow his example. Give each other grace, put others first and exemplify Christ’s sacrificial love for one another.
I don’t like being wrong. Even when I’m the one to blame and things are directly my fault. So taking the heat for something I didn’t do and absorbing someone else’s blame feels impossible. But God calls me to this. In marriage, in parenting and in leadership, I’m given a daily opportunity to hold back pointing fingers and meekly let God define who I am. Just this morning, I had the opportunity to defensively protect myself in an email to a coworker. I eagerly wanted to clarify that IT WASN’T MY FAULT OKAY, but restrained. Moments like that are rooted in selfishness and insecurity. I’m afraid that my identity is on the line and my worth is marked by being right. But what do today’s chapters tell us? We are not rule-followers, we are Christ followers. Our identity is in him, not in perfecting our behavior. And he wants us to cover each other. He tells us to turn the other cheek, give up our seat at the head of the table and lay down our lives for a friend.
Take notice of your tendencies to protect yourself today.