Am I Good Enough For God’s Love?
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
It’s so easy to become downtrodden and distraught with life. Discouragement knocks at the front door of our souls, every single day. Sometimes with a little peck, and at other times, trying to beat down the door.
When this happens, somedays we can question our faith. “Why am I even a Christian? How can God possibly love me? Am I doing this right?” The enemy will attempt to push us toward doubt. He’ll try to persuade us to repeatedly ask ourselves if God really even loves us.
I recognize him now, but used to, I didn’t. From a very young age, this supernatural sissy caused me to doubt God’s unconditional love, nearly every single day. But one of the best things I’ve learned in my walk with Jesus is that He loves us no matter what! That’s a “feel good sentence.” If you read through it quickly you might not fully believe it. It is hard to believe that Jesus loves us completely–no matter our behaviors or attitudes. He doesn’t love us less if we fail, or more if we “do right.”
On one hand, we can be behaving very well morally, ethically, in our relationships, at work, at church, and even in a worldly view. But on the flip-side of the high-ethics “good Christian” coin, you could not be doing very well with your choices, and therefore think that God doesn’t love you.
You could be depressed, enraged, extremely frustrated with the treatment and decisions of others; you could be ready to give up on living altogether, while making very bad decisions yourself; you could be hanging on by a single thread of sanity–done with this planet–because nothing good seems to ever happen to you.
These are the very issues which will make you question, not only God’s love for you, but what you need to do to be sure you keep His love. “WHAT AM I DOING WRONG TO DESERVE THIS?!” “GOD, YOU MUST HATE ME!” These are lies written on your soul from the pits of hell, and Satan himself is the author.
However, in the good times and the bad, God still loves you infinitely! And there is nothing you can do about it! This is your fall back! This is your foundation! Un-earnable, un-losable, unconditional love from your Creator through your faith in Jesus!
The Bible says that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (see Romans 5:8). It doesn’t say, “Because we straightened out our lives, did everything right, never missed a church service, never drank, never smoked, never had a dirty thought, did plenty of mission trips, tithed to the penny–and because we never did anything wrong or had tough times–Christ died for us.”
Jesus died for…sinners…created human beings. That’s me and you before we asked Jesus to come into our hearts.
His love for us at the Cross was poured out freely, and our sin couldn’t stop it–past, present, and future. Keep in mind, when Jesus died, all of your sins were in the future. You weren’t even born yet. This is why after you accept Christ as your Savior, one time, you are no longer a sinner. Instead, you are a saint in spirit, and Jesus Himself becomes infused with your spirit (Hebrews 10:10, Romans 6:10, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:17).
As a Christian, you are a saint who sins sometimes, because you still have flesh and your mind is constantly being renewed. But you are not a sinner after you invite Jesus into your heart the first time. Christ can have nothing to do with sin being in you. It’s gone! He cleaned house!
Sure, it’s confusing to a lot of people who haven’t heard the truth of the gospel, that, even after being saved, we will still sin because of a parasite in our flesh called sin, and our minds have to be changed by God’s Spirit who now lives in us. But the actual good news of the gospel is when our flesh sins (not if), it still can’t wear out the blood of Christ! It still can’t make Him go away! The Cross actually worked! God’s idea of becoming one with us was a great idea!
So now, after being saved one time, we are constantly being transformed by the renewing of our minds so that our flesh, and our souls, will begin to match up with our perfect spirits–only, this process will not be complete until we die or Christ returns (see Philippians 1:6).
As Christians, we must never get our who mixed up with our do. Our who is Christ in us; our do, is what our flesh still does because it’s fallen like Adam–not raised yet, like Christ (see Romans 5).
So many people fall off course and give up on going deeper into their relationship with God, because they still sin after accepting Christ. The enemy tortures them with doubtful thoughts. “Did it take? Did I really get saved? If I am saved, then why am I still sinning? I don’t even like sin! Why is this happening?! What can I do?!”
These are legitimate questions that every believer must address, but it is the truth that will set you free from hellish fear, debilitating frustration, and the inner-turmoil that can be caused by these questions. Here are the truthful answers:
You didn’t stop sinning to get saved in the first place. You believed you were a sinner, and that you needed Jesus’ forgiveness. You repented of your unbelief! You believed in the One who has unconditional love for you as the Savior of your sins.
Simply put, you believed Jesus forgave you completely, and He actually did.
Jesus finished everything for you (see John 19:30).
If someone tells you that your sin will un-save you, don’t believe it! If someone tells you that you are not good enough for God’s love, don’t believe it! If you do, then you will go down a path of dead-end religious works of trying, trying, trying, ALWAYS TRYING, to get back in to God’s good graces, and you never left! He simply wants you to find rest in the finished work of Jesus, right now, today. (See Matthew 11:28, Hebrews 4:11).
The truth is, God never leaves you, because He is in you. The Father won’t disown Christ! And Christ, and you, are one! He can’t break a promise with Himself because God can’t lie! (See 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 7:18, 7:22, 24, 25, 6:18).
So today, my friends, know this: It is God’s unconditional love for us through Christ which continually draws us back into deep fellowship with Him. We go deeper, because we know He will never leave us, no matter what we do, ever. This amazing grace erases all of our eternal sin punishment, once and for all! This is where you will find your confidence! Which is in His unconditional love! Christ’s sacrifice at the Cross allows you to never worry about losing God’s love! You are good enough! You are! Enjoy it.
A prayer for you: God, today I want to thank you for waking me up. So many people pass away each day, and I was not one of them. Instead, you chose to keep me here to bring more glory and attention to Jesus, and to enjoy my life! Thank you. Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who have been lied to about your love, those who have been taught that it’s conditional, or that they have to earn it, or worry about keeping it–help them. Reveal in their hearts today a newfound confidence in how great your love really is for them, in Christ! In His name I pray, amen.
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