Incarnation! December 31 Notes From Papa via Paul Gray
To My adorable child, whom I love being with every second of every day,
I want you to know beyond any shadow of any doubt that I absolutely love being with you. Nothing can keep Me from being with you! I would rather die than not be with you (and I did!).
Religion has a heinous lie that I can’t stand to be in the presence of sin, thus I supposedly can’t stand to be in the presence of people… because they sin. Stop right there! That’s a lie! There is no basis for that. Period.
I know that well-meaning but misinformed people have told you that. Doesn’t make it true! In the first place, I made you to be with me! I am all about community/relationship and that’s why We made you… to be in community with Us! We couldn’t improve Our community, but We could certainly expand it, and We did!
There is one sentence in the Hebrew Scripture where Habakkuk says in effect, “God, I thought you were too pure to look upon sin?” His very next sentence is, “So why do you look upon sin?” Religion has taken his first sentence out of context and ignored his next sentence and sadly, most people have never thought to study it.
One simple word dispels the awful lie that I can’t stand to be in the presence of sin: incarnation! Jesus (fully God, One with Me, the exact representation of Me) came and made a point to be with, hang out with, welcome, accept, include and love… those who, according to religion, were the worst sinners of the day.
Don’t misunderstand Me, I don’t like the effect that sin has on My children… it hurts you. The wages of sin (not My wages) is death. I don’t want any of My children to be hurt, ever. That’s a totally separate concept from the lie that “God can’t stand to be in the presence of sin.”
Change your mind about that lie. Believe the truth. I love to be in your presence and in the presence of every person… all My children… all the time! I’m continually showing you My unconditional love, forgiveness, grace, acceptance and inclusion. I’m in you… forever. I can’t get any closer! And I chose before creation to live in you.
Believe Me! Take sides with Me!
From Paul Gray: My new 365 day devotional book, “Notes from Papa”, is now available at Amazon.com in paperback and Ebook!~Love, Papa