Is God scary?

A friend said this week that it’s scary to think that God is watching us.

My friend is a follower of Jesus and her reaction is something I have felt, too.  We believers often feel unworthy and ashamed of the things we do and we find it hard to believe that God still loves us despite what we do.

The Bible makes clear that those who do not put their faith in Christ will face judgement for rejecting God.  But those who believe in Jesus and what he did for them on the cross will be “free from condemnation”.

I love the words of David in Psalm 103:8-13:

“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.”

David is talking here of someone who “fears” or “reverences” God – a follower of the Lord.  Jesus gave his own life for those who put their faith in him.  He died so that our sins – our wrongdoing – would be forgiven by God.

The apostle Paul wrote these wonderful words in Romans 8:1-2: “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

Paul is saying that, as believers, we have the power within us to live a god-pleasing life, resisting the attractions of sin.

That doesn’t mean we will always be perfect.  No man or woman has ever been perfect – aside from Jesus.  But when we sin, we can go before God and confess it and we will be cleansed as the apostle John says in 1 John 1.

Then, we can go forward with confidence, knowing that God loves us even when we fall.  Like a father, he is there to pick us up, dust us off, and set us on the path he has chosen for us.  And he is always with us, ready to help when we need it.

I remind myself of this truth regularly.  I believe it and I need to live it.

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