Trying to be morally perfect is a fool’s game, although it is a typical mistake made by newer Christians.  As new Christians, we want so much to please God and are so self-conscious of our failings, thinking that we lose God's favor and displease God by our sin and mistakes whether by omission or commission.  Over time, though, as we mature in God’s character through the process of sanctification, we realize that being perfect is impossible, and trying to keep track of it is a worthless endeavor.  It is about that time that we realize, first, that we are already acceptable and loved completely by God (John 6:28-29).  Of course, our relationship with God can only begin by our faith in the only doorway to God, Jesus (John 10:9).  Without faith in Jesus, we can never be pleasing to God (Hebrews 11:6).  But once we have that faith, we have an unbreakable covenant with God sealed by the blood of Jesus. 

Nothing will ever be able to separate us from His love from that point forward (Romans 8:35-39).  Additionally, He further seals us as His property by placing the Holy Spirit within us as His marker of ownership (2 Corinthians 1:22).  From that point onward, there will never be a day, never a moment of a day, in which we are not acceptable before God, thanks to the love of Jesus.  
Christian author Jerry Bridges wrote so eloquently about God’s love in his 1988 book Trusting God: “God's unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God's love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son.” Moreover, God's love is infinitely personal.  As Saint Augustine wrote, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”   

That said, there can be days or phases in our life in which we are not fully submitted to Him and not walking in the center of His will, but if we have broken fellowship with Him and are walking a path of sin, He will continually pursue us just like Francis Thompson’s (1859-1907) “Hound of Heaven” until we are back in right fellowship with Him.  This loving, persistent, and tireless pursuit by God of any of His lost sheep is an unshakeable, unassailable truth from scripture and is illustrated by Jesus in the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7).  It is hard for us to comprehend just how much He loves us because His God-sized love is too big for us to grasp in our limited human understanding, and we have nothing to compare it to in our earthly existence, yet it is, nonetheless, true and has been proven not just in the cross, but in so many countless individual situations in the lives of His children over the vast sweep of the centuries.  God’s love is the greatest story of the ages and should be the greatest story of our individual lives. 

I pray that you would experience God’s tremendous and profound love for you in every part of your life. 

 


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02/15/2017 11:21pm

We always thanks to God for everything that he granted to us. Our little memory cannot image the greatness and the glories of the God. Even we cannot count the things that he granted only for the mankind so that they can use it and thanks to God.

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Almost every human believes in that there is one Power who creates world make all things for us he knows everything and world is running because of him and he has a super power, we believe that God is exist, and he make us he creates relations and all things. Some religion believes in Buddha some in Allah.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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