“The true Scriptural source of consolation, in the face of all that troubles us, is to keep steadily before our eyes the second coming of Christ. We must grasp and realize the blessed fact that the rightful King of the world is returning soon, and shall have His own again; that He shall put down that old usurper, the devil, and take away the curse from off the earth. Let us cultivate the habit of daily looking forward to the resurrection of the dead, the gathering together of the saints, the restitution of all things, the banishment of sorrow and sin, and the re-establishment of a new kingdom, of which the rule shall be righteousness.”
– J. C. Ryle
Sometimes, it seems like evangelical Christians spend too much time meditating on propitiation/justification and their own sin, rather than focusing on God’s love for us in our current, every-day lives and on his future promises to us. God does more than just forgive us.
I really like what Ryle says here. The true Scriptural source of consolation isn’t that God’s wrath has been turned away and that I’m not going to hell. That’s a historical fact, but it was just the beginning. The biggest consolation for me has always been that God is making all things new — he is teaching me to love others more than I love myself, comforting those who have pain and loss, finding those who have gone astray, reconciling families that have been torn apart. He is caring for us now (often by teaching us to care for each other) and preparing a place where he will wipe away every tear and crown us with glory.
So stop focusing on your own sin and unworthiness. Focus on God, and then look around and find ways to help the kingdom come by loving the people around you.