Here they are, a few questions that set my heart beating a little steadier in freedom to truly enjoy Christ and live the abundant life He’s given me:
Can I accept that I am not perfect, and that God loves me anyway? (Romans 5:8)
Can I accept that I am not the world’s version of perfect, but I am God’s version of perfect? (Psalm 139: 13-16)
Can I give up my pride (a.k.a. self-protection, self-righteousness, self-doubt) to The Lord and receive unconditional love and acceptance for exactly who I am, in return? (Romans 8:38-39)
Can you feel God smiling really big about those? I can.
I’m sure He loves when we accept His gift of grace. Over and over and over. Every time we forget and need to accept it again.
Like when you buy someone the best present and it costs every penny you own and you’ve been planning this gift for the longest time, and they finally open it and squeal and smile in joy and you, you’re the giver of the gift, and you swell with joy too…I like to think that must be at least a little of what God feels every time we remember and accept His gift of grace and unfailing love.
And so then I thought, now what do we do in response?
We receive it.
We receive His Perfect Love, and we walk through this day not as those who have failed, but as those who are forgiven and loved.
“Live your life like you’re exactly who Jesus thinks you are.” – Bob Goff.
Take a deep breath. God is smiling over you!
Happy Tuesday, precious hearts!
Verses From our Questions:
Romans 5:8 (ESV, emphasis mine) – “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Psalm 139: 13-16 (MSG version, additions mine) – “Oh yes, You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank You High God – You’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship [You] in adoration – what a creation [You’ve made me to be]! You know me inside and out, every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the pages of my life were spread out before You, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV) – “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”