I don’t know about you but it has taken me awhile to fully understand how much God loves me. Come on, the God of the universe loving ME. How is that even possible?
He had to know all about my mistakes and sins. There were way too many dirty little secrets to make me lovable.
Maybe if I could just try a little harder to look perfect and hide my failures I could feel worthy of His love. Stuff all the yucky stuff down a little deeper and put on my good Christian girl badge.
Our society places a lot of value on how well we perform so it is far too easy to translate it to our relationship with God.
We can never perform well enough to earn salvation though. EVER!
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)
Can we just try and park not only our brains on this truth but let our hearts just simmer there as well. He didn’t wait for us to be perfect before He loved us. He loved us before we ever accepted Him.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I find it difficult to even love those who have fully accepted and loved me. But, God IS love.
I’ll admit my past sins as well as a feeling of abandonment from God had kept me from wanting to look to God for love and acceptance.
So many of our frail human relationships are based on performing and earning love. It becomes a habit that keeps us striving to attain something we know we’re missing.
The only striving we should be concerned about is seeking God's face!
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
I honestly thought doing all the “right” things negated the fact that I didn’t really have a relationship with God. I mean, isn’t He the big judge in the sky with a condemning gavel? Best to just try and stay on His good side, right?
How did I miss the truth all those years? So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (NLT)
Once we make the decision to accept Christ we belong to Him. He doesn’t condemn us. He welcomes us with loving arms.
I will take this loving relationship with Jesus over religion any day of the week!
Now that good Christian girl badge has been replaced with a heart for Jesus and sharing His love with everyone I can.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to stop striving to earn God’s love and rest in the knowledge that He already loves you completely check out this series.
I’m praying with you friend!