“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” -Galatians 1:10
We humans have the tendency to assume that God looks at us through the scrutinizing eyes of other believers. Sometimes, we perceive Him as somewhat like a “frustrated coach throwing up His hands in dismay with us – the underachiever.” With these conceptions of God, we grieve over the times when we are spiritually awkward and clumsy. The question is: Are we grieved because we are certain that we have displeased God or are we dismayed because we failed to meet the standards that people has set before us?
This we have to know: We can always be thankful that God is the more perfect Parent, Teacher, Counselor, Judge, and Leader than anyone of us could ever hope to be. Having the perfect understanding of His creations, He is patient with the fact that we grow at different rates with different strengths and weaknesses.
Condemnation and guilt doesn’t come from our altogether loving and merciful Father, it comes from the enemy. So, the next time we’ll feel guilty about not having achieved what we think we are supposed to achieve, we need not torture ourselves to death. What is important is that we recognize that we have fallen short and we could still fall short of His glory, come to Him with a repentant heart, and submit to Him our desire to be made perfect through HIS power. “For if willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. (2 Corinthians 8:12)”
No amount of work can buy His favor, His goodness, His mercy, and His grace. “God’s love for us is the same, but He works with us as individuals.” HE CAN NEVER LOVE US MORE BECAUSE HE NEVER LOVED US LESS. HE JUST LOVES FOR HE IS LOVE HIMSELF.