The person who knows they have been forgiven of much, loves much. This is why I spent this morning, while getting ready, meditating on how good God is that He sent Jesus to die in my place and pay the penalty for my sins. My thinking went something like this, “Wow God, You are so good to me. Thank You for sending Jesus to rescue me so I could have this amazing relationship with You. You sure have forgiven me of a lot. I’m so thankful!”
This went on for quite a while, culminating in me receiving communion while listening to Laura Story’s song titled Remember, which encourages us to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
This type of thinking put my focus on The Father’s goodness toward me, Jesus and Jesus’ finished work on the cross. And this type of believing will cause me to respond to others in love today. Since I am meditating on the truth that I have been forgiven of much, I will love much. (see Luke 7:36-50)
But here’s the way I used to approach my Christian life: I would get up every morning and begin to worry about whether I would be able to walk in love and behave right that day. My thinking would go something like this: “I have to walk in love today. I better be good today. I need to be kind to others today.”
As you can see, this type of thinking put the focus on me, causing me to leap forward in self-effort, with my dependence completely on myself instead of God. This approach was and always will be a recipe for failure. (see Galatians 3:10)
Every right behavior and every wrong behavior has a root. Right believing leads to right living and wrong believing leads to wrong living.
Someone may say, “Well Sandra, what if you still mess up today even though you meditated on the right thing this morning.” I already know that could definitely happen because I am human, but the good news is, I can immediately turn back to that same right believing that I started the day out with, should this happen.
You see, the devil can no longer get us in a trap if we just keep turning to and receiving God’s grace by choosing right believing no matter what we do or fail to do.
What’s really exciting about us choosing to live this way is that right believing is addicting. The more we believe right about God and His Word, the more we’ll notice that it leads to right living which then causes us to want to spend more and more time continuing in God’s grace by continuing to believe right.
Honestly, this has become one of my favorite things to do – to wake up, go through my day and go to bed thinking, “What piece of wonderful news about God do I want to think about right now!” And believe me, you’ll never run out of good things to think about because God’s grace is amazing indeed!
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!