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“Would you indeed annul My judgement?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?”  Job 40:8

Justify is defined as:
1.  to show to be just, right, etc.
2.  to free from blame or guilt
3.  to supply good grounds for

Lord, I could not be justified apart from what You did for me on the cross.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Justifier

What lengths would I go to
to feel justified
that my life and actions were right
in my own eyes
when only You can truly
take away my shame
standing me in good stead
by the glory of Your name.


  1. how abt adding one more line?

    it is solely by Your grace that I can stand justified before Your throne.

  2. It is human nature to attempt to justify ourselves before the Lord. A great temptation in my own life is to compare my faults with those of other people and think I’m not so bad after all.

  3. “Would you indeed annul My judgement?
    Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?” Job 40:8

    This verse hit me smack… just the thought of someone putting blame on God… making Him a sinner, He who carried our sin! What a thought! It makes all the more sense as to why all is grace even if we do not understand something. God cannot be tempted with evil and cannot sin…
    Imagine, if we justify our actions, that it would bring condemnation to God….I just want to lay my life bare before the one that weaves the tapestry and trust Him…He is worthy of all honour and praise.

    Thank you for your thoughts today… will keep me thinking on Him

  4. you hold so much talent

  5. “Would you indeed annul My judgement?
    Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?” Job 40:8

    Before we were saved, we all looked at others and thought, I’m as good as them. So, we must be okay. Then, we discovered we were comparing ourselves to the wrong benchmarks, which eventually brought us to the One we could not compare ourselves to – the Lord. Thank God, He justified us.

  6. Oh this is a good one, Sis Deb! A lot of my previous pain in life came from wearing myself out, trying to justify myself–utter futility, as there was never any convincing others, if they’d decided I had no excuse. It’s a grateful relief to know I don’t have to do this anymore–Jesus represents me before God, and I trust He’ll stand between me and anyone here on earth. Gotta love a Savior that Big! God bless your Saturday–much love, sis Caddo Delight

  7. Great addition Z! Thank you and God bless you as you stand before Him today, justified by grace!

  8. I agree Heather. I don’t think I’d thought of it this way . ..as condemning Him, when I try to justify myself. This was an attention getter for me! God bless you as He calls you blameless today!

  9. I’m so glad that this hit you too, sweet faith filled fisherlady! Well, you know, not glad you got hit, but glad that you felt what I was feeling! 🙂 When the truth of my actions comes out and what it does to Him . . .that lays me bare too. So thankful that He does not condemn and forgives us as we lay before Him. God bless you and bring love notes today!

  10. God bless you, dear Terry, and the gift of writing that He has given you! Praying for you today, knowing you are justified with Christ . .no matter what else happens or what anyone says!

  11. Thanks Mr. Larry, for explaining how we slip into justifying ourselves . ..by comparing to each other. Or sometimes I can get to doing the thing about me having “a right” to do what I did or feel like I felt. Thankful with you that HE justifies and forgives. God bless you and yours this weekend!

  12. I felt your comment so much, Sis Caddo Delight. It becomes completely consuming trying to justify ourselves! What a precious insight you have given me . ..thank you! And rejoicing in that Big Big Savior that represents us and stands between us and those who still demand we justify ourselves. God bless your Saturday with super joy and love! love you!

  13. thank u so much!!!!!! hugs Debbie!

  14. Ever thankful our God is merciful! Praise God! Great Post, Deb!
    God Bless You!

  15. Thanking Him for His mercy today, right with you, Lady Dei! God bless you too! love and hugs!

  16. Even when I quit trying to justify myself to myself, it was hard (and I was already a believer) to believe that I stood before Him blameless because of Jesus. Only the Father could take away my shame – a gift of grace. Thank you for this encouragement, sweet friend.

  17. I’m afraid our natural reaction – in our dealings with other people – is to justify ourselves.

    How ever, when it comes to God, we may as well try to fly to the moon without a spaceship or any means of transport. It is impossible! We cannot even excuse ourselves, let alone justify ourselves.

    On the other hand, only because of Christ’s finished work on Calvary, God declares that we ARE justified . . . just-as-if-I’d never sinned. Incredible but true!

    What an amazing God!

  18. Your comment really blessed me, gracious one, reminding me of how it felt to justify so constantly . .. that it was hard to believe I could ever be blameless. So so amazed that He sees it that way and says “yes you are”. God bless you as you stand and praise Him, guilt free! love you!

  19. That’s it, mentor Angela . ..we get so used to justifying ourselves with each other, that we think it works with God too. I love how He shows us we can never justify ourselves . . .then does it for us so we can be justified. That’s our amazing God! God bless you, much beloved one!

  20. I so agree with this. It becomes our nature to justify ourselves in our work and other places amongst others. We can only be justified by God.

  21. God bless you, Tammy! You bless me when you come and understand what I am babbling about. 🙂 May He cover you in your work today.

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this, Deb. I am so thankful that the Lord is both able and willing to justify.


  23. You have me feeling near tears, thinking of His not only being able . . .but willing. love you, wonderful woman of the Word! God bless you today!

  24. The lyrics to this song came to mind: “Living He loved me. Dying, He saved me. Buried, He carried my sins far away. Rising,

  25. He justified, freed me forever. One day He’s coming back, glorious day! Wonderful post, Encouraging Debbie! Love and prayers!

    (As I was dictating my comment, it posted prematurely, thus the two parts! Sorry about that.)

  26. Oh I love that song, Paulette!!! And I loved getting a twofer comment from you! 😀 Going to go find that song and post in here now . .. in honor of our amazing Savior and of our worship leader , you! 🙂 love and prayers as He blesses you beyond measure today!

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