Read: Psalm 103
“who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion… The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger; abounding in love.” Psalm 103:4,8
That feeling of being lower than life causes more people to avoid a relationship with God than anything else (my personal opinion… not statistically backed). Many people look at their lifestyles, pasts, habits, and addictions as unredeemable. In fact, so many of us hold on to one big mistake we made or continuous bad choices and develop a habit of dwelling on them. This only draws people further from experiencing God’s loving forgiveness.
These defeating thoughts can make us focus on ways we are not good enough. Rather than asking for God to still look favorably on us, we can find ourselves in a “pit” where more negative behavior drowns out the pain and hurt we’re already feeling. Often, people think of themselves as unlovable and assume that God wants nothing to do with a person of that caliber. But here’s the thing…. those are the people His heart breaks for the most and those are the ones He wants to see running to His open arms.
Like the story of the “Prodigal Son”, God is a Father that longs to see His children returning to be embraced by His loving arms. He wants you to come to Him in your time of need and hurt and trust that He will love you unconditionally, REGARDLESS of your past life hiccups. He is the one that will redeem us from any life pit and love us (v.4). There is no end to His love for us (v.8).
If you experience similar doubts and hesitate to approach God because you’re feeling unworthy, remember that Psalm 103 tells us that God “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” (v.10) There is nothing you can do that would make God love you any less than He loves His own son, Jesus Christ. Just know that if you humbly ask, you will be forgiven… not partially… not with a history of mistakes jotted down in God’s notebook… He will forgive those with repentant hearts as if their wrongs never happened.
Live knowing that God loves you and share this same hope with anyone else that you come across who is hurting or lost because of negative choices they have made. When they ask for proof of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness, show them it is written as a promise in Psalm 103.
Lord, we thank you for loving us even though we don’t deserve it. You have loved us with your whole heart since our first breath and long to see us coming back to you. Prove these words to be true… demonstrate your love to us. Help us feel your presence and show us what it means to be forgiven. You are a great God. We pray this in your merciful and gracious name, Amen.