Have you ever noticed there’s some people you just can’t be yourself around, like you’re walking around on eggshells ? You feel as though they are always upset with you for not living up to their expectations. That puts a strain on the relationship. But God is not like that. He does not hold anything against you.
In Nehemiah chapter 9 we read how the people of God would harden their hearts and turn from serving the Lord. This would lead them back into bondage and captivity. But when they would turn their hearts back to God, He would be gracious and merciful towards them, keeping His covenant. When you turn from giving your attention to the things of God and you give your attention to the things of this world, you will find yourself slipping back into bondage and captivity to sin. This will affect everything you do and it will seem to you like God is a million miles away and that it’s impossible to find your way back to Him.
God said I will never leave you nor forsake you. This is grace and mercy talking. It doesn’t matter whether you have turned from God for ten years, two years or two minutes. When you truly turn your heart back to God and give Him your attention, you will find that He never left you. It’s in fact, you that left Him. God said I will never leave you nor forsake you but you are free to go at anytime. That is grace talking. Grace is no longer grace if God is compelled to extend it because of your performance. Likewise, grace is no longer grace if God is compelled to withdraw it because of your lack of performance. Grace is treating people without the slightest reference to ever leaving them or forsaking them because of their failure to live up to your expectations. The dictionary definition of forsake is, “to leave someone who needs or counts on you”.
It says in 2 Corinthians 5 that God has reconciled you to Himself and that He is not holding your sin against you. The only way you can be empowered by God to become all that He wants for you to be, is when you understand that He will not hold it against you when you fail to live up to His expectations. God loves you and accepts you whether you meet His expectations or not. That in turn causes you to do better because you want to, not because you have to. Christianity is not about right doing, it’s about right believing. Right believing will always lead to right doing.