Do you respect God as much as your friends?

It is interesting to note how we expect certain things from our friends. We expect them to be friendly. We expect them to have a certain amount of respect for us. If one of our friends treated us with complete disrespect for no reason, we would want them to apologize and admit that they were in the wrong. Until they acknowledge that they treated us wrongly, and ask us to forgive them, our relationship won’t be quite the same. How is it then, that sometimes we expect our relationship to God to be any different?

God deserves more respect than any friend. He loved us before we existed. He died for us before we were born. He created us. And after we turned on Him, He extended His grace and love toward us. Our sin was the cause of His cross. He suffered and died to pay for what we committed and still commit.

Sometimes we forget this. We commit a sin, any sin, and then we go back to God without mentioning it. Without telling Him we are sorry, without confessing, and acknowledging our wrongdoing. God forgive us. How despicable. God loves us, and wants to have a relationship with us, but every time we sin, we put a barrier between us and God.

Proverbs 28:13 says, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." I would like to challenge you. When you sin recognize it. Ask God to forgive you. Don’t try to live as if you never sinned. God deserves more than that. Go to God and ask for forgiveness. If you do God will be merciful to you. Only then can you have true fellowship with Him again.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." – 1 John 1:9-10

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