Ephesians 2:4–5 (NKJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
It is far too easy to look in the mirror each day and realize our shortcomings. We continually fail, we continually fall short of our godly ambitions. Thankfully, we serve a Lord that is rich in mercy. I don’t bring up our failures to make us feel bad. I bring up our shortcomings to bring us greater hope in the Lord!
Romans 3:23–25 explains… (23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (25) whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed… As good as we may think we are, the Bible states as fact that we have all fallen short. Seldom does a day go by that I reach the moral level of “marginally OK,” let alone “good.” God knows that we fall short, if we didn’t, we would not need a Savior.
His Great Love
So, we can either wallow in the filth of our failure or take heart that no matter what, God still loves us. He in fact loves us so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for us on a cross. When we came to the Lord, we were covered in sin, we were dead in trespass. God loves us so much that He picks us up out of the miry clay and cleanses us completely. Because of His mercy, we are made alive in Christ!
Step Forward In His Love
It is healthy to understand where we came from, it leads to humbleness. It should lead us to thankfulness. It should guide us to a place where we are dependent upon His great mercy. As believers, we must step forward in the confidence of His love. Romans 10:9–10 states... (9) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation… If you confess with your mouth, you will be saved. God loved you before you confessed with your mouth, God will love you as you mess up daily, and He will continue to love you until you hear the words “well done.” God’s love does not change from day to day, He loves us continually. He loves us through all of our circumstances.
We are promised that God is unchanging. If we feel a separation between us and the Lord, the separation is self-made. Run back to the wide-open arms of the God who loves you through victory and defeat. After all, the unchanging God we love first loved us.
Hebrews 10:16–17 (NKJV)
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”