“It’s not about finding ways to avoid God’s judgment and feeling like a failure if you don’t do everything perfectly. It’s about fully experiencing God’s love and letting it perfect you. It’s not about being somebody you are not. It’s about becoming who you really are.” ~Stormie Omartian …
The view that God is strictly judgmental of us is usually a projection of our feelings that we have of ourselves. If we judge ourselves, we are going to feel that others judge us as well. And if we judge ourselves harshly, we tend to see God as someone who judges us harshly. But we should not have to concern ourselves all too much with God’s judgment, for life is not about this. Life is about redemption and forgiveness–it is about “becoming who we really are.”
God’s love is a perfect love… a love that is both unconditional and unlimited. And as such, there is nothing he will not forgive. So when we look at living our lives, the only thing we need to do is to allow ourselves the opportunity to become who God has created us to be… and to do so as best we know how.
Let God’s love perfect you. Ask Him for his graces each day. Live a life that is both moral and just. Ask forgiveness from those you hurt or do wrong. Show compassion and concern for all life. Do all things with love. When this life draws to a close, perhaps we will have already discovered that God’s love is what truly matters.
Spend some quiet time wrapped in God’s love today.
Questions to consider:
Do you see God as loving or judgmental, or perhaps a little of both? Why?
How do you experience God’s love in your life?
In what ways are you “becoming who you really are?”
For further thought:
“The same God who loves us as we are also loves us too much to leave us as we are…. Perhaps because we tend to hold to ideas about God that reflect our own suppositions and fears, more than God’s self-revelation. We reduce God to our own dimensions, ascribing to him our own reactions and responses, especially our own petty and conditional kind of love, and so end up believing in a God cast in our own image and likeness.
But the true God, the living God, is entirely “other.” Precisely from this radical otherness derives the inscrutable and transcendent nature of divine love–for which our limited human love is but a distant metaphor. God’s love is much more than our human love simply multiplied and expanded. God’s love for us will ever be mystery: unfathomable, awesome, entirely beyond human expectation.
Precisely because God’s love is something “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived” (1 Cor 2:9), Mother Teresa meditated on it continuously, and encouraged us to do the same, to continue plumbing this mystery more deeply. To this end she invites us: “Try to deepen your understanding of these words, ‘Thirst of God.'”
Fr. Joseph Langford, Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire