GOD says, “I accept you because I”ve chosen to accept you, not because you deserve it but because you need it.” ephesians2.8 (niv) says, by grace you have been saved, through faith.
romans 8.1 (niv) says if you’re a CHRISTian, there is now no condemnation for those who are in CHRIST JESUS.
that means GOD doesn't sit around keeping score, putting you down for every mistake that you make. if you’re a CHRISTian, HE sees you as perfect in CHRIST. that releases you to make the changes on a practical level.
some people see GOD as a cruel, unreasonable parent. as a kid they could never please their parents and they’ve transferred that to GOD. they’d get a “c” and their parents would say, “you could get a ‘b’.” they’d get a “b” on their report card and their parents would say, “you could get an ‘a’.” finally they’d get an “a” and say, “is that good enough?” and their parents would say, “i’ll tell you when it’s good enough.” they had an unreasonable demand which could never be satisfied.
so they think, “if my parents were that way, surely GOD must be that way.” we invent an unpleasable GOD who cannot be satisfied no matter what we do. that’s the number one reason people avoid GOD and the number one reason CHRISTians get depressed. they do not understand what GOD is all about, that GOD does not base HIS acceptance on who they are and what they’ve done.
just a thought from the front porch…