As Christians we desire to please Jesus in our daily lives and how great it would be on the day of his return to hear the words “well done oh good and faithful servant”. But the truth of the matter is that this life is a process and ups and downs, mistakes and triumphs. And it is purely by the grace of God that we are saved and can live each day godly (Ephesians 2). God is not keeping a record of wrongs; instead he expects some mistakes and after all it is by his spirit that we can actually live the Christian life and not solely by our own efforts. We need to learn and grow in our relationship with God just as children learn and grow; after all we are God’s children!
Of course we want to speak, act and think in ways that please God; this is only natural for people that love him. But it is only by the renewing of our minds over time and the empowerment of his spirit that we can consistently and sincerely do holy things. Why? Because we also have a flesh nature that craves the things of this world, and the battle is a daily battle! We have been trained well in the ways of the world and temptations are all around. The flesh has much to feed upon whereas our new spirit feeds upon the word of God, worship and holy things. That is why we should not be too harsh with ourselves when we make mistakes. Instead we need to sincerely ask God to forgive us and he is faithful to forgive us every time (1 John 1:9). Yes a godly man learns to get back up quickly. He may fail sometimes but he never gives up! His heart and mind are pure, what do I mean by pure? Well it means that he wants to please God and he wants to live by faith! He doesn't always do it though because of following habits and thought patterns but he really desires to follow God in his heart. He is honest with himself and with God and this is what pleases god! God sees the heart not just outward appearance and conduct. He knows who is truly sorry and repentant.
Can you imagine if we stopped loving our children every time they made a mistake that would be absurd wouldn't it? Well how much more forgiving and merciful is our loving God! The Bible says his mercies our brand new every morning! Praise God! The greatest men of God in the Bible made mistakes but God helped them through despite their weaknesses. In weakness we are made strong, this simply means we realize that we need God’s spirit and anointing in this life!
We need to view our Christian lives as a journey filled with ups and downs knowing that God loves us with an unconditional love every step of the way. God sees the heart and he knows that we yearn to please him. He doesn't expect us to be flawless in everything, he knows our every thought. He loves us so dearly that he gave his only begotten son based upon his love and not anything that we did to deserve it.
The apostle Paul instructs us to “die daily’ and Jesus said we can do nothing without him (John 15: 5). The Bible does say to be perfect as our father in heaven is perfect but he is referring to letting the spirit of God live through us and strengthen us to resist temptation. The word “perfect” in Greek actually means humble or to yield. You see God is seeking people that have a pure heart and a pure mind. They will make mistake sometimes but they have learned to confess to God and get back on the path of godliness. They realize that God is compassionate and holy, and that he is the one that empowers and delivers. To depend upon his loving grace is one of the biggest miracles in this life!
God loves you so much! He loves you with a perfect love. If you have made some mistakes come to God he loves to forgive! God bless you all!
By Gordon E. Dawe