Some More Thoughts on Self-Loathing from Job
Last night we saw in Job’s repentance that he had come to despise himself. Job 42:6 “Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (
Self-loathing is biblical (Ezek. 16:60-63;
God does not intend for us to live cowering with fear and shame, but He does expect us to own our sin, feel the weight of condemnation and guilt and then revel in undeserved grace and mercy (Lk. 7:47)!
I close by repeating the words of B.B. Warfield:
The attitude of the “miserable sinner” is not only not one of despair; it is not even one of depression; and not even one of hesitation or doubt; hope is too weak a word to apply to it.
It is an attitude of exultant joy.
Only this joy has its ground not in ourselves but in our Savior.
We are sinners and we know ourselves to be sinners, lost and helpless in ourselves.
But we are saved sinners; and it is our salvation which gives the tone to our life, a tone of joy which swells in exact proportion to the sense we have of our ill-desert; for it is he to whom much is forgiven who loves much, and who, loving, rejoices much.