I like that saying. It’s on this pillow a friend gave me. (The pillow doesn’t say who wrote the words.) Looking at the pillow gives me comfort. I don’t have to pretend to be something I’m not with my friends. I can relax. But the best thing about the saying on the pillow is that it’s something Jesus would say to me. It’s something that God would say to me.
The Lord knows my sins and He has forgiven them.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)KJV
The Lord knows everything about me. He knows everything I’ve done, said and thought; and He still loves me. He’s the best friend I’ll ever have. He’s the best friend any of us will ever have. I’m still forgiven, cleansed and saved. A place has been reserved for me in Heaven.
I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It can’t be earned. All I did was get down on my knees and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Forgiveness and salvation are based on God’s grace and mercy.
For some people (Christian and non-Christian alike) the unconditional love that God offers because of and through Jesus Christ is hard to accept. They can’t forgive themselves so they can’t believe that God can forgive them, much less love them. They know they are unworthy. Guess what? We all are. What they forget is that God looks at us through rose-colored glasses. Red from the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us and white from the robes Jesus now wears. God sees us through Jesus.
To doubt the love of Jesus for us and our worth to Him is a rejection of His gift to us – his suffering, torture and death on the cross. It’s like telling Jesus He went through all of that for nothing. Here Jesus is standing in front of you with His hands reaching towards you, trying to give you a gift and you turn Him away because you don’t believe you deserve it. How sad the hurt for both.
Take the gift. Make the decision to accept what Jesus offers. Tell yourself, as often as you have to, that Jesus loves you. Admit that you don’t deserve it. It wouldn’t be a gift if you did. Every time you find yourself doubting again, rebuke Satan, admit you don’t deserve it and thank Jesus for the gift – the wonderful gift of mercy, grace, forgiveness and salvation.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1John 1:9) KJV