Have you ever wondered if you are good enough for God to love you? Unfortunately, many people believe God loves them only as long as they don't make mistakes. So when they make mistakes, they don't like themselves very much, and they conclude that God must not be very impressed with them either.
Perhaps it was such an outlook that caused the psalmist to ask, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:4, The Amplified Bible). Yet the Bible tells us that we are God's creation-the work of His hands-and that He loves each one of us unconditionally. In fact, the Bible tells us that God is love (see 1 John 4:16).
Let's face it: Jesus didn't die for you because you were great and wonderful; He died for you because He loves you. Romans 5:8-9 confirms this truth: “God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ's blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God.”
God loved you enough to give His only begotten Son not only to die for your sins but also to cover your daily mistakes. He loves you enough to get you through each day in power and victory.
For most of us, our biggest problem is that we don't like ourselves, and our skewed outlook makes it difficult for us to believe that God-or anyone else, for that matter-could possibly love us. We think, I'm not good enough-I'm such a mess! For years I struggled with this problem. I spent at least 75 percent of my time trying to change myself.
I thought I talked too much, so I tried to be quiet. But then if I was quiet, I got depressed, and everyone wanted to know why I was quiet. I would think: I have a big mouth, and I'm just trying to be quiet. Leave me alone.
I can't tell you how many years I went through that. And yet my mouth was always getting me into trouble. The situations I created were bad enough, but to make things worse, the devil never missed a chance to remind me of my mistakes. That's called condemnation-but God let me know He loved me so much that He covered it, too.
Isaiah 53 tells us that when Jesus died for our sins, He also bore the guilt. He loved us so much He paid the price so we wouldn't have to suffer with the terrible feelings of condemnation. If we go to God as soon as we realize that we have sinned and sincerely ask Him to forgive us, He does, and there is no reason to feel condemnation.
When you do something wrong, it is the devil-not God-who tries to condemn you. He will say: “You've done it now. God is never going to bless you. You can't witness to anybody because you're not good enough.” But that is not true.
God loves you, and He wants you to believe it and receive it all the time. He also wants you to be free from condemnation. But it takes faith and boldness to be free. Your feeling guilty will not pay for even one thing you have done wrong. God's love for you has already taken care of the guilt, and He wants you to accept it and get on with doing His will.
When the devil tries to lay condemnation on you by telling you that you're not good enough for God to love you, you must allow boldness to rise up in your inner man and say: “Devil, take a hike. Jesus loved me enough to pay for my sin, and He has also taken care of the condemnation.”
That brings us back to the original question: Are you good enough to receive God's great love? He says yes, so receive it gladly, knowing that you are His child … the apple of His eye.
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. She has written more than 70 books, including the popular Beauty for Ashes and Battlefield of the Mind, and her most recent, Battlefield of the Mind Devotional (all Warner Faith). She is also the founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries Inc. and the host of Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide.