Previous post from February 3, 2013.
And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!
Matthew 3:17 (AMP)
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.
Galatians 3:26 (AMP)
It’s important to know that God’s delight (or pleasure) in the Son wasn’t based on his (Jesus’s) performance. At the point of this declaration by God the Father Jesus hadn’t yet performed any miracles or taught in the temple. Instead God was expressing His delight in the nature of His son’s existence. To delight in something is to take pleasure in its nature separate from any performing acts. Simply because Jesus is His son makes Jesus delightful to God. Knowing this Jesus was able to show us what right relationship looked like with God the Father. Jesus never did the great things he did to earn love from the Father, rather he did them from love never trying to perform for God.
Now since we as believers have faith in Jesus and that he died one-time for all our sins past, present, and future we have become sons (and daughters) of God. Since we are believers we are hidden in Christ thus making our very nature pleasing to God.
God’s pleasure with our new born-again spirits is an eternal pleasure that doesn’t waver with every misstep we take. God delights in the righteous and a righteous man falls seven times but gets back up again…and again…and again! Our relationship with God becomes dysfunctional when we believe God is mad at us because we’re not “doing enough” so we try to please Him by “doing more for Him”. It doesn’t sound bad but the motives are wrong. Knowing God is pleased with you (your very nature) gives you supernatural ability (grace) to do what your heart instinctively wants to do, and that is, please God.
Declaration: God is not mad at me, He is happy and pleased with me. He delights in me and what He has made is good and very good. Finally, God is ALWAYS GOOD!