How do you approach your relationship with God? Do you view Him as your Heavenly Father who loves you more than you can imagine, is pleased with you because of Jesus’ perfection accredited to your account, and whose grace towards you far exceeds even your worst mistakes? Or do you view Him more as a taskmaster who has a whole list of demands that you must live up to if you want gain His approval and favor?
Does it really even matter? Yes, it does! It matters very much, in fact, because how you view God and approach your relationship with Him directly affects every other area of your life!
If you are demand-focused, thinking that God requires you keep a bunch of rules perfectly if you want to be right with Him, you will probably be demanding in your relationships with others. If you have this kind of a mindset, you will likely be stressed from trying to do everything perfectly, and walk around with a constant sense of condemnation for all the ways you fall short. If, however, you realize that your relationship with God is based on what Jesus did for you rather than what you do, you will begin to experience the peace and joy that comes with this knowledge. You will find it more easy to show grace to others as you open yourself up to God’s grace. You will feel at rest and stable as you build your life upon the solid foundation of Christ’s finished work!
Check out these scriptures that share the good news of God’s amazing grace, and allow them to impact how you view God, and how approach your relationship with Him!
- God no longer even remembers the wrong things you’ve done (Heb 8:12).
- He has promised to never rebuke or punish you (Is 54:9).
- He is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love (Ps 103:8).
- He saved us because of His mercy, not because of the good things we’ve done to try to be made right with Him (Titus 3:5).
- We are freely justified by His grace (Rom 3:24).
- We have been made right with God because Jesus took our sin upon Himself (2 Cor 5:21).
- Our Heavenly Father does not treat us as our wrongdoings deserve (Ps 103:10).