A few days ago, someone made the comment about being frustrated with herself when she was annoyed with people – that it wasn’t Christ-like. Everyone involved in the conversation agreed – we hate when that comes up in our own lives too. We want to be Christ-like and that is not Christ-like. A little later in the day, another person I was with was lamenting over how frustrated God must be with him, annoyed with him even, on some issue. Which I could also identify with, that when I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing – maybe I haven’t matured fast enough in an area – God must be so annoyed with me.
Ho, back the train up. See some contradictions here? I did. The same feelings we feel aren’t Christ-like IN us, we very readily accept that God feels TOWARDS us. It can’t be. It’s either Christ-like to be annoyed and frustrated with people (even ‘us’) or it’s not. If God’s offended in that behavior in us, He’d be offended in that behavior in Himself. He’s constant, steady and just.
It’s got me wondering how many other attitudes we feel shame about in our own lives but don’t hesitate to think that God would have those same attitudes and feelings towards mankind. Somewhere we’re believing a lie that needs put to death. Our minds need to be renewed to WHO God truly is and how He actually feels towards us. Here’s a few clues into what that might look like…
Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love – out of faithfulness I have drawn you close.”
Psalms 145:8-9 “The Eternal is gracious. He shows mercy to His people. For Him anger does not come easily, but faithful love does – and it is rich and abundant. But the Eternal’s goodness is not exclusive – it is offered freely to all. His mercy extends to all His creation.”
Psalms 147:11 “But the Eternal does take pleasure in those who worship Him…”
And I’ll end with Titus 3:4-7 because it not only shows God’s attitude towards us but gives us the hope of what He wants to put in us!
“But then something happened; God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world; He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit, who was poured out in abundance through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior. All of this happened so that through His grace we would be accepted into God’s covenant family and appointed to be His heirs, full of hope that comes from knowing you have eternal life.”