Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
(Romans 2:4 ESV)
Dear Christian Reader,
When God looks at you he does not see a long list of your failures. He does not see a miserable human wallowing in shame, nor a weak-minded loser of a child. When God looks at you he sees Jesus.
You are covered in the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:22, 10:19,22), which means that the debt of your sin—past, present and future—was paid for by Jesus on the Cross. And more than that, victory over self, Satan, and sin was won when God raised him from the tomb on the third day; because death could not hold him (Acts 2:24).
You are a child of a proud Father (1 John 3:2; Matthew 3:17), not of the “Disappointed-Dad-in-the-Sky.” You are in Christ and not under condemnation (Romans 8:1). Because of this, don’t return to your sin out of shame. Don’t run from the Father and hide from him because you believe he will reject you.
Remember, “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” His arms are open to you, not because of who you are, but because of who you are in Jesus. Abide in Jesus and follow his grace to repentance (John 15). Know you are accepted by a Father perfect in love and understanding.
Dear Christian Reader, do not fall for the lie that God is nothing more than a disappointed father, waiting for you to clean yourself up and get your act together. Jesus exchanged your disgrace for his perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21), and that is why you are so loved.
He is the God who spoke and the universe happened (Genesis 1)… Who flicked his fingers and spun stars into the void… The God who burns in beautiful holiness (Psalm 29:2)… All of this, yet still a loving, good, and interested Father to us, his adopted sons and daughters.
Respond to him in: worship, praise, thanksgiving, gladness, and joy.
Follow the cross to God’s grace today.