I think as believers, it’s safe to say that we all desire to bring honor to God. I would say that there are few, if any, of us who are truly saved who are going out of our way to purposefully dishonor our Heavenly Father. After all, if this were our ambition, then why in the world would we have ever chosen to give our lives to Him anyway? There are times, however, when try as we might, we do behave in ways that aren’t particularly honoring to His wishes. Have you ever just done something really stupid, then wondered what God’s response was going to be? What does He think when our words and actions aren’t particularly pleasing to Him. Can He still use us, even after we’ve messed up bigtime?
Thankfully, the answer is yes! If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, whether the situation that sparked them would be considered “big” or “small” by most of the body of Christ, know that God’s response when you dishonor Him is to restore your honor! That’s right – when you’ve dishonored Him, He reacts by restoring you to a position of honor and glory in others’ eyes! Wonder why He would do this? Because when your honor is restored, He is honored! God loves to show off just how good He is, and what better way than by taking someone who’s stumbled, picking them up, dusting them off, and enabling them to run on stronger and faster than ever before?
Wondering if this concept can be backed up biblically? Take a look at John 21! After rising again, Jesus had breakfast with His disciples on a beach, including Peter, who had just denied Him several days earlier. Out of all of the disciples, Peter is the one Jesus instructs to feed His sheep. After denying Jesus publically 3 times, Jesus affirms Peter’s calling publically 3 times! What an amazing response to one who had declared multiple times that He’d never even met Jesus! He responds to us this same way – by restoring us publically, thereby showing off the depths of His grace!
Next time you feel that you’ve failed God in one way or another, instead of getting down on yourself, get ready for God to raise you up! Expect to witness His goodness as He brings you glory and honor, causing others to turn to Him. To wallow in your guilt and refuse to allow Him to lift you back up is actually the greatest form of pride, and more dishonoring to Him than anything else. Receive the grace He’s offering you, accept the fresh start He’s provided, and be used by Him in greater ways than ever before!
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