Verse of the day
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Often we strive to qualify for God’s love and blessings, we consider ourselves to be ‘undeservedly loved by Him’ when, in reality, He is our Father. This feeling of unworthiness is not inspired by Him. Ours was a yoke of unworthiness while Christ’s was a yoke of utter, and in the beautiful exchange, when we received Christ, we take His yoke on us and give Him ours, we become as worthy of His Father’s love as He is.
We feel unworthy of God’s love because we do not yet understand what He has done for us in Christ. Yes, we were unworthy, undeserving of His love, but once we became hidden in Christ, it became only just and right for God to love us as He loved Christ; He’d be unjust to love us any less.
Not all feelings are true and must be entertained. The feeling of unworthiness is one. The desire to work to qualify for God’s love, as compelling as it may seem, is at best born of impure religion. Nothing but the sacrifice of Jesus qualifies us for His Love. Our efforts then come from the understanding that we are
Like Paul, we must be persuaded that now in Christ, nothing can separate us from the love of God. In Him, we are ever worthy of God’s love. Not because of anything we have done, but the infinite worthiness of Christ who dwells in us and is one with us.
References: 1 John 3:1; Romans 8:38-39
God, You are my Father, and I am not unworthy of Your love and affection. On this foundation of Your love for me will I live out a life of endless acceptable worship of You.
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