God loves us like we are His only child. Have you ever considered this before? It is fun to think that we are His favorite. As we grow in our relationship with Him, we can begin to really understand His amazing, unconditional, everlasting love for us. Although we may never be able to fully comprehend His great love for us, we can still rest in just knowing that He will never leave us. Like an earthly father, our heavenly Father wants to give good things to us.
Do you believe that?
God isn’t in heaven ruling with a hammer, waiting to hit us with it every time we sin and mess up. While He does chastise us when we’ve refused to change our ways, just like fathers should, it isn’t as if He is there waiting to punish us. Nor does He delight in doing so. He does so because of His great love for us. He does it to change us, to bring us closer to Him.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19
Do you believe that?
I know as a parent, especially of young children who need lots of training, it is not fun to discipline my children. It is a hard thing to do. But it is something that I know that I must do for their own good. I do not want my 4-year-old growing up thinking it is okay to bite or hit people. Nor do I want them to think it’s okay to be disrespectful to those in authority. Therefore, I must do what is hard for the greater good.
This is why the Lord tells us not to withhold correction because of our children’s cries. We need to be strong and do what needs to be done so that we can raise godly citizens who then can go out and be a light in this world’s darkness. If we do not correct them, we are putting them at risk for not coming to know the Lord as their Savior and choosing this world’s fleeting happiness. I don’t think any of us would say that that is what we want for our little ones.
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Proverbs 19:18
So we must do what is hard in the moment and correct them.
Just like God must do what is hard in the moment to correct us. We may not like it at the moment but it will grow us up spiritually. But it doesn’t mean that He is unloving God whose waiting to punish us.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11
The Father does delight in giving good things to His children. He wants to shower us with blessings. Earthly fathers love to splurge on their children at times. They love to give gifts to show love. We wouldn’t be cruel to give our children dirt to eat instead of delicious foods. We wouldn’t give them coal for Christmas, now would we? (We may joke that we will!) If earthly parents love their children so much, imagine how much more God the Father loves us!
Instead of condemning ourselves for our mistakes and believing the lies that Jesus is waiting to punish us or wants to withhold His love from us for everything we do wrong, we instead need to claim the truth of His great love.
I think sometimes we condemn ourselves more than the Father does.
Once we confess and forsake our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us. He is no longer holding it over us. We need to stop holding it over ourselves.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
We can’t believe the lie that we are unworthy of His love, goodness or blessings. He loves us with an everlasting love. Claim that truth when the enemy tries to rob you of your peace and keeps you from moving forward after you mess up.
Don’t let Satan keep you in the chains of sin and doubt. This is how he stops us from being fruitful for God’s Kingdom.
Hold on to His love. Rest in His love today. And give yourself grace to accept it.
Your turn! Do you fall into the trap of believing the enemy’s lies that God is holding a hammer waiting to strike us every time we mess up? Do you need to give yourself some grace and meditate on His great love? I know I sure do! Let’s talk in the comments below!
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