He loves me for me.

As I was reading Romans 5 today, I realized a lie that had crept into my thinking.

Romans 5 starts off with, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Verse 6 says, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  for one will scarcely die for a righteous person through perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die- but God shows his love for us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The lie that these verses revlealed was that God’s love for me is tied to my performance.  I have allowed a performance based gospel to cloud my view of God.  Perhaps it is easier for me to believe this because I feel like my days are filled with doing, running, and performing.  There are always tasked that needed to be done 5 minutes ago and many more that are coming up.  There seems to be very little time to be, or sadly to enjoy the incredible things around me.  With most of my life filled with doing, I think my natural instinct was to bring God down to my level and let my circumstanced deptict his character.  Gross.  Praise the Lord for His word and for His incredible patience with me.  He loves me for me.  He knows me and sees me and loves the me I really am not the me I protray to others to prove this or that.  Romans 5:1 states that I have peace with God BECAUSE I have been justified by faith not by works.  It is His love that matters, His love that sustains and loves the broken, bruised, messy and terrible clumsy me.  How?  He is just that awesome.

So, let His pure love, that knows all about the mess inside you yet calls you his beloved, shine around you today.


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