I’m currently reading a book called Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Tripp and Lane that is changing the way I look at how I interact with people (Tripp’s book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands worked towards this end as well).A central aspect of the thinking of Relationships is considering ourselves in light of the Gospel before we think in terms of how we feel about ourselves. This quote from John Stott is helpful towards that end:
HT: Of First Importance
“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is here, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.”
– John Stott, The Message of Galatians (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1968), 179.