I don’t know about you, but I hate failing. I don’t like disappointing people or having to confess when I have sinned. You know the feeling in the moment right after you fail? Guilt. Disappointment. Shame. The feeling that you let others, yourself or God down. For me this temptation creeps in – the need to prove my earnestness to live rightly. To set strict boundaries. To try to live extreme the other way in order to earn my way back into good graces.

THE SONG, ARMS OF MY FATHER SITS SQUARE IN THAT POST-SIN MOMENT FOR ME.

When I feel like I am so far away from God and I don’t deserve His love because of my own actions, in that moment the lyrics to the bridge come crashing in on me.

No veil stands between us.

No sin separates us.

I am Yours forever.

No more condemnation.

No more separation.

I am Yours forever.

I remember sitting at the baby grand piano in my home in one of those post-sin moments and singing this bridge over and over with tears streaming down my face. Truth started to sink in.

IT’S NOT UP TO ME TO PROVE MY WORTH.

I don’t need to fix myself or recoup what has been lost. God, my Father, is standing with arms wide open beckoning me to come close to Him again. This song is an invitation to allow the grace of God to be enough. For Him to come tear down our walls and simply receive His love.

IN RESPONSE:

Wherever you are right now, pause for a moment. Where are you trying to prove you are worthy of love and value? Allow the truth of the gospel to wash over you and set you free. NOTHING can separate you from the love of God today. God is not waiting for you to prove that you are worthy of His love. He freely lavishes it. And He is inviting you right now to come in close and simply receive His grace.

By Owen Wible – AntiochLIVE