5th December 2010

How God Views Us

“…Don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore baptised with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:3-4 (NIV UK)

Many Christians have a negative spiritual view of themselves. Because they are honest with themselves about their own sinfulness, they worry that they are unworthy of God’s love. They feel unacceptable and rejected. And they feel that way even though none of those things is true.

They might think that they’re unworthy of God’s love, but the truth is that God loves them every moment and his love for them never diminishes. They might think they are unacceptable and rejected, but the truth is that God has made them acceptable in Jesus Christ.

What greater assurance can we have of God’s acceptance and love than unity with Jesus Christ as discussed in the passage above? In Colossians 3:3-5, Paul wrote, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

And in Romans 8:38-39 he wrote: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we believe God’s word about how he loves us and cares for us, we can live in the joy of that acceptance and belonging in Christ rather than living in fear, anxiety and insecurity. God knows our sins, of course. He knows us inside and out even better than we know ourselves. And yet God loves us anyway.

We, on the other hand, tend to fear that God might not love us at all. But God simply does not evaluate us on whether we are “worthy” of his love. His love doesn’t have any strings attached—it does not depend on whether we are “worthy” of it. He simply loves us, whether or not we measure up to some standard.

Regardless of what we feel or believe about ourselves, we must never forget that God defines us as a new creation—and as wanted, included and loved in Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you for your love towards us. Who can doubt that you are primarily a God of love, not of vengeance and anger, and certainly not towards your children? Help us truly to rest in your love, whole-heartedly to respond to you in your love and, above all, faithfully to operate in our daily lives in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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