Is God Mad at Me?
I think many of us have wondered about our salvation, if God is mad at us, or if we’re worthless when we sin after conversion. It’s scary. We can never be “at rest” in our walks with God.
14 Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.
–John 5:14 AMPC
God Wants Us to Stop Sinning
This doesn’t mean we lose our salvation if we sin (John 13:31-38; 2 Corinthians 3:18); however, we do invite negative consequences that hinder our experience of God and His blessings.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
–Matthew 5:8 NLT
If we sin continually (practice it without turning to God) greater consequences loom. It is hard to claim the name “Christian” if we are not constantly yielding to Christ’s direction, authority, and leadership in every area of life.
29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
–Romans 8:29 NLT (emphasis added)
My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].
3 And this is how we may discern [daily, by experience] that we are coming to know Him [to perceive, recognize, understand, and become better acquainted with Him]: if we keep (bear in mind, observe, practice) His teachings (precepts, commandments).
4 Whoever says, I know Him [I perceive, recognize, understand, and am acquainted with Him] but fails to keep and obey His commandments (teachings) is a liar, and the Truth [of the Gospel] is not in him.
–1 John 2:1, 3-4 AMPC (emphasis added)
I can’t be a Christian in name only; I must follow Him.
33 So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.
–Luke 14:33 AMPC
Think Differently about Sin
Who am I, really? Who or what do my actions say I follow? What are my passions? Do they align with God?
7 For I endure insults for your sake; humiliation is written all over my face.
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me; they treat me like a stranger.
9 Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast, they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow, they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me.
–Psalm 69:7-12 NLT
Do people hate me because I love Christ?
Do people laugh at me because I love Christ?
Do family members shun me because I love Christ?
Do I love God’s church?
Am I for God’s people?
Do I pray and weep for the needs of God’s house?
Do my deeds of faith invite mockery?
Do people given to sin hate me?
What are my deeds saying?
17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
–Galatians 5:17-23 NLT
Turn Back to God
This is the only solution.
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
–John 15:5-6 NLT
13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
–Philippians 2:13 NLT
We don’t create “good things” on our own; they come from God and our relationship with Him. If I am close to Him, I will bear good fruit. If I’m not, I won’t. That’s the proof, what I do.
- Examine your behavior in comparison to Galatians 5:17-23. What does this indicate about your devotion or spiritual maturity?
- Weigh what you can do to give Christ more opportunity to change you (e.g. going to church, praying more, serving, etc.)?
- Assemble others to join you. Who can you call to join you in this task(s)? Build relationships with these people.