Have you ever fallen out of favor with someone you once had favor with? I have. It hurts.
You may still be civil and even cordial, but you know when you’ve fallen out of favor.
Sadly, you can only fall out of favor with someone you once had immense favor with; a close friend, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a child… a really close relationship. That’s why it hurts.
One of the effects of this painful experience is sudden fear and carefulness; you no longer know what your limits are, what you can or can’t say, how far down you’ve been demoted even in terms of jokes you can crack, favors you can ask… you see, you’ve had wide boundaries and suddenly they are narrow.
While this is painful with human relationships, it is even more sad, painful and such a robbery when we believe we have fallen out of favor with God. This is one of the enemy’s greatest lies, especially when we have made a mistake, or done something we completely regret. We are flooded with guilt, and if we don’t remember how much we are loved, we start to create distance in our hearts; we think God is mad, so we start being careful what we ask for, and feel like we must pay or make up in some way to get back into his “good books”, yet he has no bad books; He keeps NO RECORD of wrongs- our sins and lawless deeds He remembers NO MORE. He has made an eternal decision to LOVE US extravagantly. He does NOT treat us according to our iniquities or what we deserve.
There is no falling out with God.
Our feelings may convince us otherwise, but there is a difference between guilt and truth. Moreover it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance; only when we remember how much we are loved, will be have the boldness to come back home regardless of the size of the mess.
Do you feel distant from God? He didn’t move; your heart did.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.””
Hebrews 8:12 NKJV