In his 1786 Scots language poem, Robert Burns tells of an upper class lady dressed in her fineries for church who has no idea that a tiny louse is parading around the brim of her bonnet. In the final verse, the poet opines,
“O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!”
His point is that we would likely lose much of our self-satisfied importance if we could only see ourselves from the perspective of others. Quite an insight, you must agree!
However, in a Biblical and more profound vein, we can never appreciate the amazing nature of God’s grace until we see ourselves through His perfect eyes. In quoting the Psalmist David, the Apostle Paul tells us, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one” – Rom. 3:10-12.
And, later in the same letter, Paul reminds us that “…God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” – Rom. 5:8.
Simply stated, we can never appreciate how gracious God is until we realize how bad we are!
Truly, His Grace is AMAZING!