I am currently reading “The Power of Right Believing” by Pastor Joseph Prince and I am writing my own journal entry based on my readings. For today, I literally just flipped to a few random pages and was basically searching for what stood out to me… God’s FORGIVENESS.
I’m here to say that: if you think that God is constantly mad at you for your mistakes, wrongdoings and well, sins?! that you have to earn His forgiveness by doing something – well, you are WRONG. The way God works isn’t the same way we (humans) work. The way “we” work is that if I have wronged a friend, it is in our friendship’s best interest for me to re-gain his/her trust by doing something to prove how ‘sorry’ I am. And trust me, it’s a HARD life having to be sorry for every wrong thing you do. It’s draining, ugly, and the worst way to live your life. The expectation of ‘perfection’ is what kills us.
The expectation of ‘perfection’ is what kills us. -KK
Joseph Prince blames it on the “Christian religion. Christian religion is a never-ending treadmill based on our own efforts to try to earn God’s forgiveness, God’s approval and God’s acceptance” (114 JP). And I totally agree! I’ve noticed that churches nowadays are more self-focused on each other, rather than God-focused. Truth be told, we are NEVER going to be “good enough” for God’s love. If you don’t believe that, well – it’s time to re-evaluate your life. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how i do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live free and lightly.” There is rest when you truly experience that there is NOTHING you can do to earn His forgiveness. Receive His forgiveness, effortlessly – no more blaming yourself, no more “condemning” yourself, because guess what? your sins have already been punished on the cross through Jesus Christ. Under grace, sin has nothing over you. “God exhausted His anger toward all your sins at the cross. The cross is an act of His love for you and me” (28 JP). This is the Gospel of His Grace, the good news we all are proud to proclaim! Own it and use it in your every day – it’s easier said than done. Practice involving God in your every-day decisions (whether it’s going to the gym, driving somewhere, talking to someone, etc!) Involve Him! I mean, who else can work miracles? #heisgreaterthani
When you put God first – everything and everyone will fall into place. -KK