For most of my life I struggled with accepting God’s unconditional love for me. I could accept it intellectually but I had a hard time accepting it personally.
Because of this I had a very warped view of God.
I thought God was eagerly waiting in heaven to whack me with a big stick when I sinned. I would literally go through my day wondering when the punishment would come and what it would be.
I also believed that God couldn’t love me for who I was. I thought that I had to be better or get my life more in order before God could fully love me.
I believed God could only love a future version of me.
Can anyone else relate to this?
Thankfully, over the last several years, I have come to learn God doesn’t love a future version of me; He loves me right now – just as I am.
God does discipline us when we sin but He disciplines us in love because we are one of His children.
God isn’t waiting in heaven with a big stick to whack us with when we sin; He is waiting to pick us up and remind us of His unconditional love for us.
We don’t have to get our lives in order before God will love us.
If that was the case then God couldn’t love any of us because we are all messed up!
We are all broken!
But thankfully God has chosen to love us anyway.
Now here is the most beautiful part of God’s love: God loves us as we are but He doesn’t want us to stay that way!
He wants to transform us so that we can experience life to the full!
It is in this truth that I find great comfort and encouragement and I hope that you do too.
Have you believed that God could only love a future version of you?
Here is an excellent book that I recommend on this subject: The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes
This post is part of the Blog Carnival on the word “Future” that is happening over at Peter Pollock’s blog. Go and check out the rest of the posts!