2. Look to Scripture to Reshape Your Understanding of God

In order to really believe you're forgiven, you have to give up any false perceptions of God  by looking to the Bible to see who God really is. Get into His Word and you will discover: 

  • He's not a god who considers you bad, but is instead the God who said, "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3).
  • He isn't a god who points his finger at you and shakes his head. He is instead the God who said "I know the thoughts that I think toward you...thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  
  • He isn't a god who desires that you be punished. He is, instead, the God who laid down His life to suffer in your place so you would not have to be separated from Him for eternity (Romans 5:8, paraphrased). 
  • He is not a god who will withdraw his love from you if you do something wrong. He is, instead, the God who says "nothing can ever separate us from Christ's love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away" from those who have put their trust in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38, NLT). 

3. Let God Show You His Softer Side 

It wasn't until I started looking for God's softer side that I saw it. I saw Him as my Protector, Provider, Rescuer, Loving Father, Spiritual Husband, and Friend. God said, in Jeremiah 29:13  "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Look for the God who pursues your heart. And let His perfect love for you drive out your fear. 

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and the author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone, When God Pursues a Woman's Heart and When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts.  For more on her books and free resources to strengthen your soul or marriage, see her website at www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Publication date: November 6, 2012