Will God Still Love Me if I Fail?

Are you disappointed with yourself? Do you feel down? In Christ the barrier of enmity is removed, bringing us near to God. His relation to us is that of surrounding us with love. Not vague sentimental love only when we do well, but pure love that is not withdrawn when we fall on our face or can't seem to overcome our shortcomings.

When we submit our lives to Christ, we are not in a relationship bound by circumstance. This is how the world operates. There we are only as acceptable as our performance, a reactionary condition where we are constantly evaluated. Fail or make a mistake and retribution is demanded. We could be snubbed, condemned by social circles, or treated differently by those who once befriended us. If we have taken the step to receive Jesus Christ, God bases our connection with Him on grace. In Jesus He accepts us and loves us without merit of our own. Christ paid the price for our sin and lived a perfectly holy life we can never achieve. Salvation is such a wonderful gift to the unworthy that whatever we do to live for Jesus is in response to His love for us. Though called to repent, ability to do so is a work of God in us. We empty our hands and surrender to Jesus. Once we do, we are no longer under judgement.

There will be times we stumble. It hurts to realize we have failed. If few notice, our own disappointment with ourselves can be hard to let go. He is not through with us yet, our entire lifetime is a refining process. There is hope that our yesterday does not define our tomorrow. God’s grace is new every day, bringing beauty and restoration in the most defeated lives. Though humbling to admit, we are all broken and needy. To acknowledge we are and allow the Savior to embrace us in grace sets us free.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24.

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