If you are in Christ, you are loved, washed and cleaned up.
You walk around in the perfection of Jesus.
Since he never sinned, neither have you!
Not only that, God sees you as never having had a sin nature!
Even in your worst moments when your life is in chaos, and all you know is failure and weakness, you are still in Christ and perfect!
Where you fail, he has obeyed perfectly for you.
Where you sin, he has paid for it on the cross.
When you are embarrassed and feeling ashamed, he has succeeded for you.
Barbara Duguid writes in her book, Extravagant Grace, “That means you are free to struggle and fail; you are free to grow slowly; you are free at times not to grow at all; you are free to cast yourself on the mercy of God for a lifetime.”
While obedience makes God happy, loving and delighting in Jesus, who has given you his perfect record even in the middle of your messy life, makes him happier.
Duguid goes on to say, “Repeated failure does not mean you are unsaved or that God is tired of you and disappointed. It does mean he has called you to a difficult struggle and that he will hold on to you in all your standing and falling and bring you safely home.”
Take that with you this weekend.
And the rest of your life.
Talk to me.