After 30 years of marriage, James and I hardly ever argue. But a few weeks ago, we had an argument. It happened right before I was headed out to minister to a group of people. I was angry with him and not quite ready to forgive. Even though I was angry, I was able to preach the gospel powerfully and saw people healed. Why? Because it’s not about me!
I grew up believing the lie that my sin separates me from God. So anytime I sinned, God withdrew himself from me. But Paul wrote that I have been reconciled to Christ and I stand before Him forever holy and blameless in His sight. His presence never withdraws from me and I am without fault. Not because of me, but because of the atoning work of Christ!
So although I was angry with my hubby, God did not remove His presence from me; He did not withdraw from me. He did not disqualify me or bench me for the day. No, He drew closer. He reminded me of who I was in Him, that I have been forgiven and reconciled so that I could in turn, forgive and reconcile.
Does God, who hates divorce, separate Himself from His bride when she sins? Absolutely Not!
Do you separate yourself from God when you sin? Stop That! Know you are forever forgiven, eternally reconciled, always holy and blameless in His sight! When you sin, run into His arms. He longs to be gracious to you! He is a loving Father who wants to kiss your boo boo and remind you that you are forgiven, you are loved, you are His!
“and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.”
Colossians 1:20-22 NLT