This morning, I was pondering life, and some of the areas of my life where I’m struggling. I heard this soft voice in my head saying, “it’s ok. Thanks for doing what you are doing.” God’s mercy is an amazing thing. After years of mentally beating myself up, I am finding mercy with myself.
I think the problem with mercy is that it can lead to complacency. I think it can be a non-motivating factor, and causes us to lapse into satisfaction with where we are.
The Christian life is about a journey towards holiness. Jesus says, let them be one as we are one. This means that we are called to participate in the divine. We are called to be God by participation in the Body of Christ. We are called to be a holy people.
So, what is the middle ground between sloth and mental bullying; the place between a healthy internal dialog and sin? I am not sure I have the answer. My current hypothesis is that we get up every day and do our best. We encourage ourselves, but we stand in awareness that we can always do better tomorrow. We stand in truth that we are still sinners. God loves us where we are, but longs for us to participate with the Holy Spirit so that we can be divine.
Today, find some time to reflect on your view of God’s mercy. Do you allow it to hold you to one standard of acceptance, or does his love for you drive you to seek more out of life? How does the Holy Spirit work in your life? Does he help you to overcome sin, and encourage you towards the divine? If not, what action plan can you implement to improve in this area of your faith walk?