My journey to understand grace has been pretty cool I have to admit…I am amazing at all that God is showing and teaching me about something that I previously thought I had a good grasp and understanding of. Grace is so much more elaborate, deep, and incredibly complex than I ever realized.
This morning as I was thinking about God’s faithfulness to us. Going back to the blog about the gift of grace, another thing to be added to that list is faithfulness. Just like we don’t deserve God’s love, mercy, kindness, salvation, peace, etc., we also don’t deserve his faithfulness…but he still offers it to us anyway. The definition of grace is an undeserved gift we are offered and receive, and God’s faithfulness is just that.
We as humans are easily distracted, easily tricked to walk a different path than what we know is right, and very fickle in our feelings. In the blog Spiritual Warfare and our Feelings, I talked about how we must guard our feelings and emotions, because they can quickly get off track.
In the midst of spiritual warfare, Satan will most often seek to attack our emotions and feelings because they can be easily swayed from the truth if we are not grounded in truth constantly. It’s a huge part of the battle, and why we must take seriously the need to guard our heart and mind. But it’s not easy, and we will fail at times.
Remaining faithful is something we as people are not the best at. It is a part of our sinful nature to be unfaithful…in fact it’s a defining part of our sinful nature. When Adam and Eve committed the first sin, they were being unfaithful to God and his command. When we sin, we are being unfaithful to God and his commands.
Yet, just as grace always does, God offers us his faithfulness in return for our unfaithfulness. He doesn’t look at us when we choose to walk our own path or allow our feelings and emotions to lead us off track and say “fine, I’m done with you then”. That is often how we as humans want to act when we believe someone is being unfaithful to us in some way, or isn’t faithful to us the way we think they should be; we say in our heart and mind (if not with our mouth) “fine, I’m done with you then”.
However, instead of saying that, God looks at us in our unfaithful state and says “I love you always, no matter what. I love you enough to correct you if I need to in order to draw you back to me. It might be painful for a moment, but just realize that it’s because I love you way too much to watch you continue to destroy yourself. You are my beloved, you are my child, and I love you despite your unfaithfulness.” What an amazing picture of grace!
2 Timothy 2:13 says “If we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
Psalm 145:13-14 says “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.”
Now, we have to pause here and admit the truth that we sometimes take God’s faithfulness for granted, and we begin to live like it doesn’t matter what we do because we know he is faithful and will always love us. It is a great truth to remember and live according to, but not in the sense that we sometimes do. His faithfulness toward us should be a source of strength and comfort, and even a challenge to us when we are struggling to live according to his commands…it should not lead us to be ok with not living according to his commands because we we think to ourselves “God will still forgive me”.
Paul even addressed this very thought in Romans 6:1-2…
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
The reality is that when we begin to fully grasp God’s faithfulness to us, it will compel us to live more faithfully to His Word in our lives. We will fail at times, and that is where we must remember his grace through faithfulness to us. God will never divorce us because we sin, he is completely faithful to us ALWAYS!
Hebrews 13:5 says “I will never leave you nor forsake you”
May God’s faithfulness lead each of us to a deeper understanding and appreciation for his grace, as well as a deeper level of commitment and faithfulness to him and His Word in our lives.
1 John 5:3 says “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.”
We show God our love for him and faithfulness to him by obeying what he says in His Word.
May we seek to be faithful to God in all aspects of our life, because we know he is fully faithful to us even when we don’t deserve it.