One important thing that I want to convey to my readers with this blog is that being a Christian is not about being perfect. I never want anyone who reads my work to think that I think I am better than anyone, that I think others should live their lives without fault, or that if you do things that are not viewed as “Christian-like” that you are not worthy of God’s love.
Christianity, in fact, is for all people. The truth is we do not have to be perfect or abide perfectly by a set of rules to receive God’s love. You don’t have to go to church every Sunday, hang around a certain group of people, look a certain way, or act like you just graduated from polishing school. For the sake of transparency, I do not fit any of these criteria. Nonetheless, I am able to receive God’s love because of His grace. And I can truly say that I experience God’s love everyday, despite all my (many) flaws. Now that is love!
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:14-15).
The law was written for us with our best interest in mind. Not a way to punish us, kill our fun, or make us feel guilty. The commandments were written as a way He intends for us to live our lives. His ways are perfect, and He knows living out His word will lead to our most abundant lives. He knows all, He created this world, and He created us. So it makes complete sense that He knows the way to our fullest lives.
Since we live in an imperfect world and He did give us free-will, He sure as heck knows that we will make mistakes and fail. This is why he sent His only son Jesus to save us from our sins. He knows we will sin and fail time-and-time again, and this is why he provides grace through His son Jesus Christ. So these commandments, though literally set in stone, are not a means of condemnation for us. Rather a means to living a life of abundance and happiness.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
As a Christian, you are not required to do “x, y, and z,” regardless of what people may tell you. Going to church, only associating with other Christians, never going to a bar……I could go on-and-on. The main requirement of being a Christian is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I’m not saying go commit all the sin you feel like because Jesus has saved you. That is certainly not my point. We should always strive to do our best in abiding His laws, and always give Him our best. He deserves this! My point is that if you screw up, ask forgiveness and try better next time. None of us are perfect darling, but He give us a perfect love.
Behaving perfectly is not a requirement of being a Christian. Because of His grace we get to receive His love no matter our faults. Unfortunately, there will always be people who judge you. Do not let anyone make you feel unworthy of God’s love, and please don’t let these people be a reflection of God. Yes, he desires for us to live life His way. Yes, he wants us to abstain from sin. Yes, I’m sure he would love for us to attend church on Sundays for communion, fellowship, and worship. If you do not do these things to a “T,” it’s truly ok! Please don’t feel that God does not want a relationship with you.
We all get to receive God’s love if we will accept it.
One way we can know for certain that God loves us despite our imperfections is how he uses ordinary people to do His work. The bible is full of stories about ordinary people, sinful people even, who He used to do His work in the world. He also showed love and forgiveness to these people, and gave them second chances at life.
The news, for all the turmoil and hate it covers, also shows how God is working in our world. From hurricane relief efforts, to stories of our men and women in the military doing their heroic work, to stories of small-town heroes doing small yet big deeds in their communities. The news is filled with ordinary people doing amazing work on this earth.
I hope that if you continue to read my posts that you are reassured that you do not have to be perfect to receive God’s love. You do not have to live a perfect lives to receive God’s love. The 10 commandments are a way He wishes for us to live out our lives, but we are not condemned if we break these. Being ordinary is beautiful, because that is who God uses to do His great work. Despite our faults, God loves us anyway. What a blessing it is for us imperfect people to receive such a perfect love@