The good life

I want to cringe when people make the Christian life out to be one of sorrows, seriousness and hardships.  These people lay a burden on you, making you feel guilty if you are enjoying your walk with God.  This perception goes against my experience of God’s heart towards us. I believe He wants us to be happy in His presence, to look forward to every moment spent with Him.

There are quite a few verses to confirm this:

“…in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10

“…For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” Mat 11:30

“Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). ” Rom 5:1

So … don’t let anyone make you feel less worthy if you are loving life and enjoying a relationship with God.  There is such great joy and contentment in knowing someone loves to be in your presence – why would it be any different for God?  He is happiest when we are in His presence, loving Him.  In Luke 10:40 He commended Mary, saying she has chosen the good portion – a life of knowing Him instead of just serving Him.

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6 thoughts on “The good life

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  3. Ek love Psalm 103. Dis seker die grootste probleem met vandag se Christene, hulle dink die Christen lewe is so moeilik, en die teendeel is waar. Jou lewe raak makliker

    “Ek weet die planne wat ek vir jou het van goedheid, Ek gee vir jou ‘n hoop, ‘n toekoms..”

    Ons het verseker iets om na uit te sien. ‘n Lewe saam Christus!

  4. Amen, amen, amen!

    Psa 103:2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits–
    Psa 103:3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
    Psa 103:4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
    Psa 103:5 Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! [Isa. 40:31.]
    Psa 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. [James 5:11.]
    Psa 103:9 He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.
    Psa 103:10 He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
    Psa 103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
    Psa 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    Psa 103:13 As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
    Psa 103:14 For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.

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