He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.

Psalm 103: 10, 11

Most people want to do what is right and behave in a considerate and a caring manner toward others, and so do I. However, I have days when I am not such a good person; times when I am angry and mean and self-centered. There are events and actions and periods of time in my life’s journey that I am not at all proud of. Expressed in simple terms, I am a sinner; for, I don’t do and think what I know to be right all of the time. I can rest assured that if I am aware of this sorry state in me that God is even more aware of it. It is a proven fact that He knows everything about everyone, and He knows it all of the time. Under those circumstances, if I were the one making the decision, I would want to know how God could still love me.

God relates to me from a very different perspective than the one that I function in; He looks at my heart and at the depths of my being. The Father sees the relationship that I have with Him because of the one that I have with Jesus. When the writer talks about those who fear God, he is talking about a relationship of respect and trust which exists because God is the singular definition of unending love and of total grace. This is the God who reaches out to people and who gave all of Himself as a sacrifice to save each of us from ourselves. The Father enters into a relationship with us so that all of who He is becomes an integral part of who we are, and we become inseparable from God.

The love that God has for me and for all of his children is so great that there is no way to measure it; there is also no way that I can drive Him away from me by my behaviors. I can turn to him for compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and redirection at all times and under all circumstances. He does love me, and I can be very certain of this truth.