In Hebrews Chapter 4, verses 15-16, it says: For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. [NIV Bible]
God doesn’t want you to be afraid to approach Him. He doesn’t want shame or guilt to stop you from coming to Him. Even as I type this post, I know I am guilty, again, of not making the time to write on this blog. But I know that God continues to love me dearly anyway. God doesn’t love me because of what I do or don’t do. He loves me because I believe that He is who He says He is–the one and only true God. I also believe the Scripture in John Chapter 3, verses 16-18: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. [NIV Bible]
God’s love for me doesn’t change because I am weak or lack willpower. God’s love for all believers is unchangeable, because when God looks at us, He sees us as righteous. It is incredible, and it is TRUE–Jesus took all of our sins on Himself and was willingly sacrificed so that God the Father would forgive our sins. We are forgiven and righteous because Jesus was sacrificed for us and instead of us.
God wants you to feel secure in His love for you. He knows about the laundry lists we have of our faults and failures. The worst wreckage comes from avoiding God, wrongly believing that He will reject us if we try to connect to Him. In the midst of our still-unconquered weaknesses, He is our Redeemer.
You are precious to God, and that doesn’t change because you make mistakes.If it did, how could any of us stay close to God? We have to talk back to that voice that tells us we’re not good enough for God, that we have disappointed Him one time too many and He won’t take us back this time. You can trust God to love you unconditionally and to welcome you back to Him, time and time again. In Isaiah Chapter 26, verse 4, it says: Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. [NIV Bible] Thank You, Father for always being my Rock!