by Dr. Charles Stanley
Hindrances to Accepting God’s Love
One of the most devastating failures in a Christian’s life is the inability to embrace the pure love of God. What prevents a believer from accepting His unconditional love?
1. Our own love relationships. Ironically, the way we love each other can distort how we perceive God’s love. As imperfect people, we exhibit imperfect love. Conditional responses, wrong motives, and emotional highs and lows taint our understanding of God’s pure love.
2. Guilt. Our remorse over sinful behavior can subtly convince us that we are unworthy of God’s love. This is a trap of the Devil. We have the assurance of Scripture that the Father loves us completely, regardless of our actions.
3. Legalism. Many people view the Bible as a simple rule book — a collection of dos and don’ts. If you base your view of divine love on your ability to uphold every biblical precept, you are doomed to failure. God gave us His Word for instruction and inspiration, not as a measuring stick by which He distributes love.
4. Misinterpretation of divine discipline. Make no mistake — God definitely disciplines His children when they go astray. However, He is a trustworthy Father; His discipline and love are intimately connected (Hebrews 12:5-6). He corrects our behavior when necessary for our benefit, not as a form of punishment. Jesus already paid the price for our sin; God will not make us pay a second time.
Is something in your life preventing you from experiencing the joy and exhilaration of God’s unconditional love? Lay it down before Him today, and receive the amazing grace He so freely offers.
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