I recently became a Mom to the most beautiful little girl, Olivia. This has opened up a whole new world of joy and excitement. Never did I expect to instantly love someone so much.
On Mother’s Day (of all days!) I was cutting her nails and accidently cut one of her fingers. This resulted in tears – from baby and Mom.
A few thoughts flashed through my mind… “I should have been more careful”, “How could I have harmed my child?”, “I should be a better mom!”
Needless to say, Olivia didn’t seem to recall the incident an hour later and all was well. Now of course, I need to try and be more careful next time, but thinking about the thoughts I had made me realize how much they were full of guilt and condemnation.
If you had to ask me if I believe that I’m righteous, loved unconditionally and forgiven from my sins – past, present and future, it would be a resounding YES! And I’m sure most Christians under the gospel of Grace would say the same. Romans 5:17 (AMP): For if by the trespass of the one (Adam), death reigned through the one (Adam), much more surely will those who receive the abundance of Grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in [eternal] life through the One, Jesus Christ.
But my response had me wondering whether I was really applying this belief to all areas of my life.
We all have “big mistakes” that we’ve brought to God. These areas usually get all the attention as we renew our minds to being loved and forgiven despite them. And rightly so, we should let Jesus into those areas! But what are our instant thoughts during those little hassles?
Situations like when you accidentally scratch your car, burn the rice, forget a friend’s birthday, arrive late for work, lock yourself out the house, say the wrong thing in conversation… You get the idea!
Do we really see God loving us even in these seemingly silly situations? I believe the devil can use these little events to get us thinking the wrong thoughts about ourselves, without us even realizing. Several “little” thoughts of “You are so clumsy”, “What were you thinking?”, “How did you get that wrong again!” can start to creep in and affect our identity in Christ. The Bible compares these thoughts to “little foxes” that get in us and take our eyes off God’s love for us. We see this in Solomon 2:15 AMP: “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love], while our vineyards are in blossom”.
So, what if we really believed we were righteous, unconditionally loved and favored in all situations, big or small?
The idea of a “blanket rule” comes to mind. A “blanket rule” is a rule that applies to every situation, no matter what the situation is. God’s gift of righteousness is our blanket rule.
Can you picture a warm, fluffy, soft blanket covering you as you sit in front of a cozy fire this winter? What a wonderful thought! God’s righteousness is like a blanket that covers you in every situation. Loving you, comforting you, reminding you that you are pleasing to him, despite any silly or careless mistakes you make. His righteousness is not just there for the big, obvious problems, but even the small events that can often become stressful and anxiety provoking.
God’s desire is for us to be flooded with thoughts of how much He loves us in every situation.
Ephesians 3:19 (AMP): and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].
Pray this over yourself today:
Abba Father, thank You for Your unconditional love for me. You give me favor in every area because I am righteous and saved by Your Grace. Lead my heart into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. So that my thoughts will be flooded with how pleasing I am to You.
Your lovingkindness and mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation. For Your power is being perfected, completed and shows itself most effectively, in my weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may completely enfold me and dwell in me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thessalonians 3:5, 2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP