Do you cringe on the inside when it feels like you are failing to live up to God’s standards? Do you shrink within yourself a little under the impression that He must be somewhat irritated with you?
If so, you may be living under a false belief. What is the actual truth on this matter? “Love is not easily irritated.” This. This is the truth about God’s heart towards you. Whereas you are noticing all your imperfections, He is simply delighting in you, His treasured child.
“Love does not traffic in shame.” Shame tells you that there is something wrong with who you are. Shame came upon humanity at the very beginning when we fell. Adam and Eve suddenly experienced it and tried to hide; tried to cover themselves up.
So often, we do the same, not understanding in our heart of hearts that Jesus bore our shame for us so we could be free of it forever. “…Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame” (Heb. 12:2, NLT). Jesus was eager to take your shame for you. He was so eager that He disregarded how much it cost Him.
So, yes. “Love is large and incredibly patient [with you]. Love is gentle and consistently kind [to you]… Love is a safe place of shelter [for you]… Love never stops loving [you!]…” (1 Cor. 13:4,7,8, TPT, brackets added by me 😊).
Dear one, live forgiven. Live loved. Your Daddy is not ever irritable towards you. He is ever in a good mood. He is smiling kindly at you. Yes, He is so happy to see you!
Would you consider taking a moment and saying this out loud? “I renounce the lie that God is frequently irritated at me. Father, where did I learn this lie? Is there someone I need to forgive, that I learned it from? What truth do You have for me, to replace it?”
If you did, what did He show you?