I grew up believing when I sinned, God was angry with me because I was a bad child. I believed he would look down on me in disappointment and judge me for my wrong doing. If I wanted to make him happy again, I would need to repent my sins. Repenting meant I no longer was a disappointment. I had to follow rules and man-made regulations to appease God; to keep his judgement away from me.
Honestly, who wants a relationship like that?
God created marriage to be the greatest reflection of the intimate relationship He wants to have with us. So then, would I want my spouse to treat me in a way that I must always appease him for fear of disappointment? That’s no relationship. That’s a dictatorship.
God doesn’t want to be a dictator; he wants to be intimately wrapped in and around my heart, guiding me into sweet, heavenly perfection.
My sin disappoints him, not just because I wrong Him, but because He knows sin will hurt me. He isn’t out to get me, he is out to help me.
Does this negate any reason for God to punish me? No.
He wants ultimate perfection for me. I chose to become His child, therefore, I choose to obey and follow his leading. If I deliberately disobey His will for me, I deserve punishment. If I’m going down a dangerous path, I need to be redirected.
That still sounds kinda scary. Why would anyone choose to be a part of a religion where God makes you do something you don’t want to do?
Ultimately, choosing to follow God will lead to pure joy and eternal utopia which are just awesome bonuses when compared to the intimate and holy relationship I get to have with my very Creator.
My Creator loved me enough, a filthy sinner, to adopt me into His family as His own.
I’m justified from my wickedness, just as if I’d never sinned before.
My life was paid for with the life of Jesus Christ.
Who would die for my life?
You see how much love God has for us?
He hurts when we sin because he knows we will hurt. He sees the entire picture.
I want to live righteously, not to appease a wrathful God, but because I’m in love with Him. I do it all for Him. I will sacrifice for Him.
No sin nor fleshly pleasure I choose to avoid while on this earth do I consider a real sacrifice anyway. After all, I’m not the one who redeemed from prison a death-deserving, rotten human with my blood.
When we cease to serve God out of love, it is then should we reexamine our personal relationship with Him.