The Gospel Strips Us of our Delusion

"Thinking deeply about the gospel is both necessary and beneficial because we are all so prone to self-sufficiency and self-reliance. The gospel serves us by stripping away vain-glorious delusion we harbor about our innate goodness and ability to please God though our self-generated effort. When I forget that the only way that God could stand to have me in his family was by crushing the Son he loves - that without the perfect record of someone else I could not stand before his judicious holiness, that on my own I do not have within me either the desire or the power to please God - I am tempted to believe that I'm really pretty good. And although I might need a nip or tuck, if I try hard enough, I can accomplish all he has called me to. It's when we forget the gospel, when we think we're not really all that bad, not so much in need, not so far from Christlikeness, that pride, arrogance, and the inevitable guilt crush hope and faith."

-Elyse Fitzpatrick, Because He Loves Me, 122.