Embracing the God Who Sees Past My Sin
Coffee With God: 3/10/2023 | Psalm 103:8-10
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities."
The Lord does not deal with us according to our sins. That right there is enough to draw us in. To bid the lost and weary soul, “come, embrace the Lord and receive his favor!”
How many people do you know who are willing to forgive no matter what? How many people do you know that would still love you if they knew every word, every action, every selfish thought of ill-intent you’ve ever had? Often, people’s imperfect love has limits. God’s perfect love does not.
The only thing that God requires is that we embrace him. That’s why, tucked tightly into the heart of this amazing psalm, are the important words, “the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” In essence, all you need to do is come to him. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. Never think that coming to God means cleaning up your life first. It doesn’t. If it did, no one would be able to come at all.
God doesn’t deal with us according to our sins. That fact makes it so that we can come to him first, when we’re still a mess, and receive his steadfast love and forgiveness; there very things that will transform us into people worthy to receive his favor.
 There is an implied reverence exhibited when one comes to God; it takes humility.