The good news today is summed up in two statements.
1)God loves you.
2)If you are in right standing with God, He is well pleased with you.
What could be better than knowing that you are loved by the creator of the universe and that He is pleased with you? What joy this knowledge should bring us!
You might ask, “how do we know if we are in ‘right standing’ with our Lord?” When we have asked forgiveness of our sins and repented of our wrongdoings, He is merciful and forgiving. In fact the Bible says that He remembers our sins no more (see Hebrews 8:12) They are removed and gone forever. At that point we are in right standing with our Lord and He is pleased with us.
Now none of us can live a perfect life, we all make mistakes and sin daily. But the Bible also teaches us that His mercies are “new every morning”, (Lamentations 3:22-23). God is a loving Father and is willing to forgive His children each time we confess our wrong doings and seek to to do His will. He is pleased with us and looks on us with favor and love.
What a wonderful Lord is our God!