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Why Your Sin Doesn’t Stop God from Loving You

Do you think God is waiting in Heaven with a hammer ready to strike you down every time you sin and mess up? My friend, that is not how God wants us going through this life. He is a loving God. Find out why your sin doesn't stop God from loving you. Find hope today!



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.

Do you think God is waiting in Heaven with a hammer ready to strike you down every time you sin and mess up? My friend, that is not how God wants us going through this life. He is a loving God. Find out why your sin doesn't stop God from loving you. Find hope today!




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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17 Comments

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    Bree
    February 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Great post! I was just reading in Matthew 7 earlier today. God’s promises to us are simply amazing! Your words make me think of Hebrews 12:6, “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes those he accepts as his children” and Hebrews 12:11, “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening- it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” God may discipline us (just as we are to discipline our children) but He doesn’t stop loving us. He disciplines because of His love for us. We serve a great God! 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Amen, Bree!

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      Helene
      February 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

      That was the scripture on my mind too! I would rather have the discipline of the Lord than not be His true child!

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    heather m.
    February 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

    …So I see I am sandwiched right in between your posts today and greatly benefiting from each one ♥ I do tend to run with the lies I make up in my head well before I settle on the truth. God is working in my heart to change that. Discipline is desirable though not enjoyable. Turning my ear and my heart to settle in and Listen to HIS word today. Thank you again Ana ♥

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 25, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Tuning out those lies is what allows us to become victorious for the Lord. He will always love us, and there is no much comfort in that when we need it the most. So glad you were sandwiched in between my posts today!

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    Liz
    February 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Feeling like God was out to get me was a real stumbling block for me as a young adult. I was a rule follower as a child and I was raised knowing God hated sin. When I left home and began to do some things I never would have done under the watchful eye of my parents, I began to think of God as seriously angry with me and that kept me from developing a real relationship with Him. Anyway…. Learning truth and coming back to Him has been the best thing to ever happen to me. My relationship is stronger now than if I’d continued trying to be that legalistic rule-follower. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Sounds like you have a story similar to many young adults who no longer live at home. That is such a prime time for satan to attack and sadly many don’t come back, so glad that you did though and that you said no to those lies. That is exciting and I love stories like that!

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    Maria
    February 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This is a great reminder, Ana. Although disciplining my 2 year old is not my cup of tea, it’s my job as a parent to do it. Because like you said, I want my daughter to grow up knowing how to make the right decisions, and being able to distinguish between right and wrong. And aside from setting a good example, good discipline will help us achieve that goal. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINebloghop this week!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      So true. It’s amazing how our children get their view of God on how we raise them. Challenges us to do it right so they grow up well! Thanks for visiting from the blog hop!

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    Dianne Thornton
    February 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Hey Ana! Great reminder about God’s love for us … and yep … I condemn myself to no end … since I’m His, He doesn’t! Blessings on your day!!!

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      I am so thankful for His never ending grace and forgiveness!

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    Abigail Proffitt
    September 1, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Thank you SO much for this encouraging post! I really needed these reminders 🙂
    I have a bad habit of condemning myself and feeling unworthy of coming into the presence of God after I fall, and it’s really frustrating. You’ve reminded me that His love and grace are much bigger than my faults, and that’s so comforting.

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 8, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Self-condemnation and negative self-talk really do hold us back from our full potential. I definitely share your struggle. When we realize how deep the father’s love for us is and that it will never change our lives can be transformed. Each day is a new day full of new mercy.

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    Felicia
    January 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I’m struggling badly with this right now. Everything just hurts right now and I know its my fault. I’m haunted with terrible thoughts everyday and every time I feel like I can overcome, there comes a thought and I’m down again. It’s been that way for about six months. Even when things go well I feel I struggle to say thank you. In my words I say thank you but my thoughts voice something terrible and that hurts. I want to be grateful to God not disrespectful. But are the thoughts me really? I feel like they are me. and I can’t stop them. It happens when family members are good to me too. And that’s hurts. Because I love them and I’ve grew up knowing that you don’t hurt those you love. So why is my mind not listening? I feel lie I don’t even have a heart anymore. Where has my compassion gone? Why have I become so confused too? I keep hearing words in my head saying you’re not okay, you never really believed so you’re not saved. You don’t know who God is. How can be all three father son and spirit. You don’t even know who you are praying to. So how can I get help when I feel like my prayers aren’t going to who they need to go to? It sounds ridiculous, but it’s what I battle every day in my head and I lose every day.

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 16, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      I am so sorry you are struggling, Felicia. I would definitely start with casting down those thoughts. Which I know can be a struggle because I’m doing the same thing as you with a personal issue in my own life. It’s all too easy to have self-defeating thoughts and that’s how satan hinders us from living a life poured out to God. We have to take our thoughts captive, to rebuke them, and replace them with something positive. I hope that helps some!

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    Paula Shenk
    September 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I always feel that every time that I mess up that God doesn’t forgive me, and is holding it over my head. I can’t forgive myself especially when I beg God to help me not to mess up, and then I do. I hate sin, and I try to abstain from it. I think I need to be perfect, so I am really hard on myself. I love God but I always feel like he is angry at me, and even hates me. I deep down know better but I am being honest and actually this is a first time that I have confessed this. I think being judged by churches in the past has caused me to be this way. I know that I serve a big God, and that He is able to get me through this! Thank you

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      God could never hate you, Paula, He loves you so much. The Bible is full of stories of His mercy, love, and forgiveness. Once we repent He forgets it. It’s us who need to forgive ourselves and forget it. Don’t allow the church, others or yourself feel shamed. Once you repent, carry on living for God. Speak truth into your life! Saying a prayer for you!

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