As I was reflecting on this this morning, I am again continually grateful that our relationship with the Lord doesn’t operate in the same way. He doesn’t love me because of my performance. He isn’t proud of me only when I perform to His standards. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us "The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." God’s love is an everlasting love. It’s not something that waxes and wanes based on our performance or lack of.
Romans 5:8 is one of the most powerful verses to demonstrate God’s love for us. It says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Let us allow that to penetrate our hearts for a moment. That is love! That is love that cannot be bought, earned, or worked hard enough for!
As the imperfect people that we are, we tend to draw away from those who disappoint us or from those we know we have disappointed. Again, I am praising God that He doesn’t operate that way! Romans 8:35 promises us: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. That’s quite a promise! In my walk, I have learned that the more I mess up, the nearer I draw to Him, because He is the one that redeems me.
I love this encouragement Paul penned in 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” The toil and labor in this world are all in vain, but anything that we do in the Lord will not be in vain. That is His promise. This verse gives me so much encouragement!
Another fear I believe we have when it comes to disappointing others is that the relationship will be lost, or at the very least harmed. In our sinful state, we tend to abandon relationships and people who cannot or do not live up to our expectations. Again, this is not the case with our Lord Jesus Christ. His promises are throughout the Bible.”I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5”. In Joshua, we read, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." He will stand by our side, even when we disappoint.
Be encouraged, my friends! It is my prayer that we all would live in this manner:
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2
You see, when are minds are on this world, we will drown in disappointment. But when we allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds to His, we will live and grow in His peace!