There is a misconception among believers and non-believers alike – that God loves us because of who we are and what we do. However, this is not true. God loves us because of who HE is. He loves us despite what we do.
Some Christians live by ‘rules’ – some of which are God given; but others are given by men trying to understand what God says. Sometimes this is misinterpretation. This is not an excuse to just go around doing whatever we like. God does want us to be more like him; however this is not so much about obeying every rule that ever existed and getting hung up about it when we fall short and make mistakes. I know – been there, done that, got the t-shirt and beaten myself up about it! God knows we will make mistakes, we are human – we are not God.
God wants us to have a heart like He has – a heart of love. If when we act or speak, we are acting out of love, then we cannot go far wrong. If we are acting out of some other emotion – anger, hate, jealousy, greed, fear – this is where we can run into problems.
We do not have to do certain things to ‘please’ God. We do not earn God’s blessing – His grace and mercy are freely and lovingly given. They are freely given to all – so the sinner on the street- the one we may look down on because they are not’obeying the rules’ – God loves him or her too. He needs us to understand this so that everyone can be reached by His love. No-one is so bad that God (and we) cannot forgive them.
More on this tomorrow.