As a pastor for about 40 years now, I have noticed that most believers...when they really get gut-level honest...tend to believe, think and feel that our Heavenly Father is basically disappointed in them for their various past and present failures, shortcomings, foibles, quirks, imperfections and the like. However, the terrible irony that I have come to see is that if the Father is disappointed in us at all, it it primarily that we wrongly accuse Him of viewing us this way! Now I am committed more than ever to helping this viewpoint to shift radically. I venture to say that we generally struggle longer and harder with putting off the sinful and immature expressions of our self when we hold this unhelpful and distorted view of our Papa's attitude of us.
What if He is basically pleased with us that we have opened our hearts to receive the gift of His Son and Spirit into our lives that He has sacrificed so much to freely lavish upon us? What if He is daring us to believe that we have a new basic nature and a new and purified heart through Jesus? What if He is longing for us to simply accept that He is smiling and dancing over us as we grow progressively into this new life? I have found that overcoming my old self has become a much easier yoke and lighter burden as I have gotten more in touch with His joy over me as His dear child, friend and junior partner.
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