When an eagle soars in the sky, the wind which blows against it is not there to keep it down… It is there for the eagle’s benefit… to lift it higher and help it conserve strength.
Likewise, God’s strong stand against sin is not there to beat us down… It is there for our benefit… to protect us and draw us closer to Him.
I love Selwyn Hughes’ quote which reads, “You are not AGAINST ME for my sin, but FOR ME against my sin.” (Emphasis mine) I love it because it truly captures God’s heart regarding us and sin. God isn’t mad at us because we have violated His commands and committed crimes against Him and others. His heart breaks because of it. In fact, it breaks enough that He even sent His Son to take our punishment for those very crimes we commit against Him.
So, when we set our perspective from the vantage point that God is for us, not against us… it transforms our view of Him. And in that moment, we sense His heart full of love for us. And in sensing that love, we are drawn to Him.
I can tell you this… I don’t avoid sin as much as possible simply because I’m trying to make up for what I’ve done wrong or to try to earn my way into God’s heart. I live wholeheartedly- albeit imperfectly in my efforts- for God because He loves me… and I love Him… and I want to honor what He has done for me in taking my punishment for me and instead adopting me into His family.
It’s time to quit living in fear. It’s time to stop living in regret… and guilt… and shame. And it’s time to begin living in light of the fact that God really is FOR YOU.
And I’ll stop typing right here so that you can really focus on the words of the song. (Please tell me you found it and hit play already.)