We can’t help but spend some time during the last days of the year to reflect on how the year has gone. It is bound to happen that we will remember the times we were less than stellar. Where we failed to reach expectations whether ours or another’s. It is good to reflect on our year but we can’t let our missteps derail our progresses. Especially our steps forward in our relationship with God.
I just found this great reminder of this whole thought process in a book of the Bible called Romans. I’ve read it a number of times and just noticed these verses like there were just put there. Check it:
“What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though everyone were a liar…” Romans 3:3-4
The most freeing part of this statement? Our level of faithfulness or faithlessness has ZERO impact on how faithful God is to us. How God treats us, loves us, forgives us is not impacted by our behaviors. Period.
Does God want us to sin? No.
Does God want us to avoid talking with Him? No.
Does God want us to pursue things that keep moving us farther away from Him? No.
But none of these things impact God’s love for us.
So as you look at your year and you recall the victories and the defeats, remember God loves you in both conditions just the same.