Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) 17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears.[a] He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
God is not angry with you. Many times we have this little vague feeling inside of us feeling as if God is angry with us. God is pleased with you. Not because you do everything right but because you love him and believe in him. God may not like everything we do but God is pleased with us just as we do not like everything our kids or parents do but we still love them.
When we think God is not pleased with us it makes us feel guilty and lack confidence in God’s love. It is easy to feel like we are not meeting God’s expectations. We need to stop feeling guilty and start growing. When have low self-esteem about or behavior it can stunt our spiritual growth. I don’t think anyone sets out for the day thinking of all the wrong they can do for the day. We set out with the expectation to do our best each and every day. God created us so he knows when our intentions for the day are good.
Rules and religious behavior will not save us but a relationship with God. Right behavior is a good thing, but we have to learn to separate who people are from what they do. God loves us despite our mistakes. Until we know who we are in Christ and understand God’s love we will never stop living under that law of doing things good to get God’s approval.
Galatians 3:10-11 (ASV) 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them. 1 Now that no man is justified by the law before God, is evident: for, The righteous shall live by faith;
We have guidelines at church and at our job. Everyone has guidelines. It’s common to be tempted to not follow rules in life. We cannot tie our worth and value to not always doing everything exactly to set guidelines. We are always going to make mistakes. We have to learn to live by faith and realize that God is not mad at us for making mistakes. He loves it when we go to him and want to be better. Going to God and admitting our mistakes is how we develop a relationship with him.
Psalm 103:8 (NASB) 8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen