What is your most persistent sin? The one you’ve promised a thousand times to never do again.
Is it anger? You told yourself you were going to stop yelling at your kids…but you did it again today. Twice.
Is it looking at pornography? You know it’s wrong. You’ve tried to stop. You did it again last night though.
Is it a critical spirit? You just can’t seem to stop complaining and criticizing.
Maybe it’s impure thoughts, selfishness, getting drunk or worrying (yes, worrying is a sin).
Now imagine you’ve just engaged in whatever sin plagues you the most. Whatever it is, you’ve just done it for at least the thousandth time.
Can you feel God’s disappointment, His patience starting to wear a little thin?
Can you feel it?
Then you don’t understand grace.
In Ephesians 1:3-4, Paul writes:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
When you placed your faith in Christ (assuming that you have), something incredible happened to you. You were made a new person and were blessed in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Let’s unpack that statement for a minute. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!” You are not who you were before. The old you that was hostile toward and separated from God was crucified with Christ. You became a new creation–one that has been (past tense!) blessed with every (not just some!) spiritual blessing in Christ.
One of those spiritual blessings is being chosen by God to be holy and blameless in His sight. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, you have been made holy and blameless. You. Holy and blameless. Not just in the future. Today.
God is not looking at your poor performance and persistent sins when He looks at you. Your standing before Him is not based on what you do or don’t do. Your standing before Him is based on what Jesus did.
So what does this mean?
It means that God is not disappointed with you. His patience is not running out. He doesn’t get disgusted with you when you sin. He dealt with your sin once and for all on the cross. Jesus took care of your sin. He removed it from you as far as the east is from the west.
To live under God’s grace means that we approach Him through the merit of Jesus. In ourselves, we could never approach a holy God, but we can through Jesus.
We don’t perform to gain God’s favor. We already have His favor because of what Jesus did. We work to obey Him out of love and gratitude for what He has already done for us, not because we fear what He might do to us.
Here’s the take-away for today: God is not disappointed with you. How could He be when the person He sees in you is Jesus?