We spend a lot of energy as Christians, both mental and emotional, trying to make God happy. We really want to please Him. We really want him to be proud of us. We really want to Him to smile upon us and aprove of our actions.
We want God to be proud of us. Really, we do.
And that’s a good thing. We want to be motivated to live for God, to glorify Him, to please Him with our actions.
But, if we aren’t carful, we can take our walk with Him to a place that isn’t good for us. Instead of living in a way that brings honor to God, we can think that we have to earn His love.
Instead of living in His love, we can think that we have to earn God’s love. Instead of living as response to God’s love, we can feel like we have make God love us.
And then when we mess up, when we fall down, we fell like failures. We feel like we will never earn God’s love. We will never make God love us. We will never be good enough.
The truth is, we aren’t good enough. We can’t make God love us. We can’t earn God’s love.
We dont’ have to. He loves us anyway; no matter what. Today, listen to what God says in Zephaniah 3:17:
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
We are told that He will rejoice over us. He will quiet us. He will love us.
No matter what.
Today, let’s live our lives not trying to “earn” God’s love. Let’s live our life as a joyful response to a God that rejoices over us.