In Week 4 of 52 Weeks Of Gratefulness I give thanks for a brother’s reminder of the Father’s Love.
A dear brother, David Purvis, sent me a text message out of the blue that said, “Paul you have been on my heart. […] The Lord wanted me to tell you that He loves you and is so proud of you. He wants you to know this so you can have great joy.”
I can readily see this and believe this for others but I will admit that the Lord being “so proud” of me was hard for me to conceive, let alone receive.
That same night I was at a Man Church fellowship where Brother Luke Gardner shared “You are justified in Christ Jesus,” (1 Corinthians 6:11) and then did this little play on the word to drive the concept home.
Just if I’d never sinned.
Just if I’d always obeyed.
Because of Christ, that’s how God sees me.
What amazing grace.
I have to be careful not to confuse how I feel about myself with how God feels about me.
As it pertains to me, I often allow the accuser to make accusations unchallenged resulting in me being unkind to myself and my own worst critic. But, no more.
Let God be true.
I just see a lump of clay but God sees the finished product and it pleases Him.
And, it’s not because of what I’ve done but because of who I am in Christ as a result of what He’s done.
It is impossible for me to mess this up.
Nothing will separate me from this Love.
Grace on top of grace.
The joy is welling up to overflowing. Thank you for this reminder, Brother Purvis.