Has this question ever crossed your mind? “Even when I’m disobedient, does God love me anyway?”
This question has been on my mind lately. I sin everyday, in word, attitude and deed. I’m basically a selfish person. I don’t put others first, I put me first. I don’t love God with all my mind, heart, soul and strength. I’m a cynic at heart. The glass is always half empty for me. And, horror of horrors, there’s more unbelief in me than trust and faith in my Savior.
So how can God love me anyway?
A lot of Christians, including pastors, would admonish me to get on with disciplining my life so I can be more obedient. They’d give me a book or a class or a set of disciplines to incorporate into my life.
That’s all well and good, but those remedies don’t address what’s at the core in my understanding of the gospel.
Remember, the gospel changes everything.
So how does it change me here?
No believer in Jesus is dead in sin anymore. Why? Because Jesus took his sin on himself and died for it on the cross.
No believer continues in sin in that way anymore. He died to sin (Romans 6) and he has been resurrected in Christ.
Believers continue to sin (Romans 7) but they are no longer dead in sin.
That’s a huge difference!
So the answer to the question, “Does God continue to love me when I sin?” is a resounding YES!
Because God sees his Son having died to those sins.
That truth will set you free to love God more, be more holy, and go out and tell people what a wonderful God you serve.
Without the gospel informing us everyday, we allow the devil to condemn us and make us miserable. Our health of mind and heart is in what Christ did for us in his life and death to make us complete and perfect in God’s sight. That’s who we are.
Talk to me.