Have you ever been seeking after God, trying to do what is right, and still messed up?
Just recently I did something that seemed right at the time, and I had the right motives, but it was a dumb move that brought bad results. Right now I'm experiencing the consequences of my poor choice. It's always so much easier to look back on situations and know what the right choice would have been, but sometimes it's difficult to determine when in the midst of the situation.
Through this situation I've caused myself, I've been choosing to rejoice in God. Choosing to thank Him and trust Him with my life even though some things are looking rather dire.
But I've been tempted to beat myself up over my mistake. Then, last night the Holy Spirit encouraged me, He reminded me that I am not my actions. That, because of the work of Christ on the cross, because I have accepted His death in my place and given my life to Him, that God sees me as clean and gives me a hope and future (Hebrews 2:14-17,Romans 5:1-2, Jeremiah 29:11). It's not about my actions, it's about God's actions; it's about what God has done, and is continuing to do, in my life.
What hope and freedom this truth brings.
This line of thought irritates an atheist acquaintance of mine because it seems to him that I'm saying that if I just have the correct belief, that I can go act any way I please. The thing is, that because of the very truth that God loves me and considers me acceptable and His child regardless of my actions, I want to do the right thing more than ever. I'm reminded of how in Romans 6:15-18 the apostle Paul describes that God's grace makes us want more than ever to give Him our entire lives and have a holy life, a life set apart for God, instead living to satisfy my selfish desires.
The grace of God changes me. I don't deserve it. I can't earn it. The overwhelming goodness of His graces changes me from the inside out.
Have you ever found that you can be seeking God but still mess up? What effects does God's grace have on your life?
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