“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:10-13 ESV
Do you struggle to believe that God is pleased with you? Rather than a patient and gracious Father, does God feel like an impossible to please parent to you sometimes? Do you fear God has given up on you?
I struggled with this kind of thinking when I first became a Christian. I knew God called me to be holy as he is holy (1 Peter 1:16), but I was fighting against sin often. I worried that God was frustrated with me. I feared he would abandon me.
But when I go to Scripture, that’s not how the character of God is presented. God shows himself to be patient and merciful towards his beloved children, even in their battle against sin. He promises to always be faithful to us, even when are not faithful to him. Not only that, he promises to see us to completion. Paul proclaims in Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (ESV). God not only remains with us through our battle with sin, he also promises to see the end of it at redemption.
When your heart begins to lie to you about who God is, battle those lies with God’s truth. Remind your heart of God’s unending faithfulness. God is not like you, or the people in your life—though man will fail us, abandon us, or give up on us, God promises he never will. Not because you are something great, but because he is great—God cannot deny his perfect attributes.
Find hope in God’s faithfulness today in the midst of your battle against sin.
God, thank you for your unending faithfulness to us. Thank you for being my patient and loving Father. I am sorry for my sins; I am sorry for times I am disobedient to you and I am unfaithful to you. Please help me to overcome these sins. Give me the strength to resist temptation. Thank you for your continual grace towards me.
If you are struggling to believe that God is faithful to you throughout your battle against sin, find a Bible verse that reminds you of his perfect faithfulness and commit it to memory.