“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
At the heart of the gospel is God’s love, mercy, and grace. What makes salvation Good News is that it has been accomplished by everything God has done and has nothing to do with what we have done. Even so, self-loathing has driven many to an addiction of the idea that they must work their way into God’s favor. Thus, they never fully experience the joy and freedom of being the beneficiary of God’s favor. The key to deliverance is seeing yourself not with the eyes of your own low self-esteem but, rather, the eyes of God’s extravagant love.