“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
Here is a healthy mindset with which we can all approach God and receive what we ask for. King David longed to be pleasing to God, he understood the dangers of sin and how it hinders intimacy. He longed for the deliverance that only God could provide.
Far too many people think of God as a strict disciplinarian who is quick to punish them when they sin or fail to please Him. Others misunderstand grace and see God as so loving that He could not possibly allow them to suffer any consequences for their sins.
Both of these views of God are extreme and untrue. God does desire good for all people; in His goodness to all He has planned for people to be happy and enjoy life. The purpose of forgiveness and deliverance is to restore in you the image and likeness of God that sin has distorted.
Sin is likened to a wide road of destruction sorrow and death to all aspects of life, holiness on the other hand is the highway to happiness, success and blessing. The fast track to happiness is always holiness.
God’s love for you moves Him to forgive and empower you by grace so you can be pleasing to Him. His passion for fellowship with you drives His hatred for sin, because sin hinders the intimacy of that fellowship. God is actually zealous in His love for you!
So as you consider God’s empowering grace and your putting off of those sins that can so easily cause you to stumble; think much of Psalm 145:8-9 which says “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
Continually draw nearer to God in prayer, think deeply of His passionate love for you, and His desire for you to be holy as He is holy, and Be Encouraged. -JSP
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