I’m convinced most Christians don’t have a very good understanding of how God sees us. God sees us so differently from the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. It’s like He and we are looking at two different people. And in a way that’s true because we can only see ourselves from our past experiences, but He has chosen to see us now as we will be in the future when we’re with Him forever.
We have a tendency to see our past sins, mistakes and failures. We are our own worst enemy and we gravitate toward self-guilt and self-condemnation. We have a difficult time forgiving ourselves even though God in Christ has forgiven us.
Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” And from 2 Corinthians 5:17 we learn that if anyone is in Christ he or she is a new creation. “The old has gone, the new has come.” This speaks of God’s perspective of us…as if it’s already happened! God sees us entirely different than we see ourselves.
Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” This requires nothing from you except to believe that when Jesus went to the cross that He went for you. Everything was settled for you the moment you trust in Christ for your salvation. When you stand before God someday, He will view you as perfect as He is because He will see you through His Son, Jesus.
No matter what kind of sinner we have been here on Earth, or how often we stumble and fall, or how disapprovingly we’ve been looked at by others, when we stand before our Creator every hint of our earthly self will disappear and we will finally be the perfect example of ourselves He created us to be
None of this is a result of our behavior. As soon as we believe in Christ, it is accomplished in our lives as the free gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Whereas we have a tendency to see ourselves through our own earthly and critical eyes, God loves you with an everlasting love and He sees you through the eyes of Jesus. He sees you as you were meant to be. This is why we can live lives free from guilt and shame.
So, the next time you become overly harsh with yourself and the next time guilt seems to overwhelm you, remember you can be free from all of that. Trust in Jesus. He loves you. He cares about you. In fact, He’s crazy about you!