As you come to know Me more intimately, you grow increasingly aware of your sins. This presents you with a continual choice—to focus on your flaws and failures or to rejoice in My glorious gift of salvation. When My ultimate sacrifice is your focus, you live in joyful assurance of being wondrously loved. There is no greater Love than this, and it is yours every nanosecond of your life. The best response to such Love is to love Me with your whole being. Of course, your loving Me is not what saves you, but it does demonstrate your grateful awareness of how much I forgive you.
Tragically, many people think they have little—if anything—for Me to forgive. They have been deceived by the prevailing lie that there is no absolute truth. They think good and evil are relative terms; therefore, they see no need for a Savior. These deceived ones do not seek My forgiveness, so their sins are not forgiven and they have no love for Me. Their minds remain darkened by the evil one’s deceptions. Only My Love-Light can penetrate that thick darkness. As you walk in the Light of My Presence, let My Love flow through you to others, shining into their darkness. Because you are My follower, you never walk in darkness—you have the Light of Life!
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
~ Psalm 13:5–6
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
~ John 15:13
“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
~ Luke 7:47
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
~ John 8:12
Forget also thine own
~ Ps 45:10
We, too, like the ancient Levites, must be consecrated every one upon our son and upon our brother, and forget our kindred and our father’s house in every sense in which they could hinder our full liberty and service for the Lord. We, too, must let our business go if it stands between us and the Lord, and in any case let it henceforth be His business and His alone, pursued for Him, controlled by Him, and its profits wholly dedicated to Him, and used as He shall direct. And, like James and John, you must be willing to give up the hired servants too. It will make a great difference in your way of living. It will be a change to give up your ease and luxury, your being waited upon and indulged in every wish, and have to do your own work, to give up the attentions of others, to put with privations, and inconveniences, and humiliations, but it will be easy to do it with Him. He never owned a foot of land. He never rode in a carriage. He never had a hired servant. He lay down at last in a borrowed grave. But He is rich enough now, and so will you be some day if you can only be willing to suffer and to wait.
No Matter What
I often feel that God’s love is fallible — that if I do the wrong thing, or make a mess of my life, he’ll love me less. I tell myself yes, God loves me, but he won’t accept me if I do something awful, or continually make mistakes. If I don’t understand him, and fail, he’ll look away.
But if we look at the Bible, we see even the greatest people, who God loved and changed the world through, made some terrible mistakes. Look at David. God loved him with all his heart, and was enormously proud of him. But David fell down, and committed adultery and murder. He had many great insights about God, but even he didn’t always see God clearly. Yet God still loved him. He didn’t look away from him. He didn’t reject him. And David went on to be one of the greatest people in history, because of the works God performed through him.
In our own lives, it’s okay to make mistakes and be confused, anxious and stressed. It’s normal and God still loves us. He’s with us no matter what — no matter what we do, even if we feel foolish and ashamed. He doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves. He’s with us even if we don’t understand him, and totally fall apart. It’s not a requirement of our relationship with God to never fall down. Jesus died to connect us to God despite our failures, and there are no barriers we could possibly create that could break that bond. God will always love us. No matter what.