Some people believe that they can do enough ‘good works’ to earn God’s love. That if they act good enough, help enough people, don’t sin, don’t curse, don’t gossip, steal, etc., God will love them and allow them to come into heaven.
But imagine these scenarios:
A baby, screaming her head off, her dad doesn’t know what to do to make her stop crying. He’s exhausted, trying to feed her, burp her, make her happy, change her… but she won’t stop crying. Snot is running down her nose, tears down her face, she has this ear piercing scream. Dad can’t take it! Does he suddenly not love her anymore? Because she won’t behave, is she suddenly not important to him anymore? Of course she is! No matter how she acts, she is still his little girl, and he’ll love her no matter what she does.
A 16 year old boy is acting up in school, always coming home way past curfew. Got caught up with drugs once, lies to his parents to get what he wants from them. He sounds pretty horrible! His dad hates his behavior, wishes he would pay attention is school, stop wasting his life, stop hanging with bad people. He yells at his son because he never listens, and he’s very disappointed in him. He breaks his heart so much. But if that boy ever really needed his dad for anything, he would be there to help him out. In an instant, if he had to die to let his son live, he would be willing to die, no question about it. He’s angry at how he behaves, but that doesn’t mean he doesnt’ love him anymore!
You cannot earn God’s love. Stop trying! God already loves you, just because you are his child. Guess what? You’re the screaming baby girl, the messed up 16 year old boy. And even when you do nothing but mess up, Jesus still loves you. There’s nothing you can do that is so horrible that could ever change that.
“Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“Because of his love, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him, and it brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in Christ, the One he loves. In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:5-7
“But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.” 1 John 1:9
We cannot go to church enough to win God’s love. How many times have you messed up, and your parents forgave you? God knows we are not perfect. It’s for that very reason that he sent his perfect son Jesus to the world to pay for our sins. Because we are imperfect, and we cannnot get to heaven by ourselves, God noticed this imperfection in us and sent Jesus into the world to correct us in our hearts, so all that we have to do is trust Jesus, let him be Lord in our life, recognize that he takes away our sin, and we can get into heaven.
“So do we have a reason to brag about ourselves? No! And why not? It is the way of faith that stops all bragging, not the way of trying to obey the law. A person is made right with God through faith, not through obeying the law.” Romans 3:27-28
All we can do is try to do the best we can in our walks with God. We have to try to be obedient to him, listen to him, live like the bible tells us to live. And we’ll screw up all the time. Heck, I screw up every day. But God doesn’t say we have to succeed, but we have to really and truly try. As long as our hearts are in the right place, Jesus takes care of the rest. If we stumble in our walks with Christ (which we will), we are caught in his grace.
When we mess up, if we maintain faith in Christ, he will not let us be ruined. He will help us get back up when we fall. However, this means we have to give our hearts to him, and trust him. Many people reading this post have not even given our hearts to Jesus, and it is impossible to please God until we have faith in his son.
“When people’s thinking is controlled by the sinful self, they are against God, because they refuse to obey God’s law and really are not even able to obey God’s law. Those people who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God.” Romans 8:7-8
So you want to please God. You have to trust Jesus to lead you in your life, and stop trying to lead the life yourself. Pray that he comes into your life, takes over, confess your sins to him. Trust him, he will forgive you. We get to be in heaven with God by trusting that Jesus saved us by dying for us on the cross, and rising 3 days later. Pray that he comes into your heart and takes over, know that he is Lord. He will rescue you. You are his precious son or precious daughter. He knows how to take care of you better than you know how to take care of yourself.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”Romans 10:13
If you believe in your heart that Jesus has rescued you from sin, you will be saved. Stop trying to be in control, let him have control. You have his love, he is waiting for you to start loving him back!