Are you struggling with a particular sin? We all struggle to overcome our old nature. Even the Apostle Paul admitted that he often wanted to do what he shouldn’t, and didn’t have a desire to do what he should.

When David struggled with sin, he always got a fresh glimpse of the goodness of God. He says in Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Dr. Jim Binney writes, “He saw God as a loving Heavenly Father with His arms outstretched and longing for his return, not as a divine bully of some sort, leaning over the battlements of Heaven with a revenging club in His hand. Most people are attracted to goodness and repulsed by harshness.”

How do you see God? Sometimes our distorted view keeps us from confessing our sins and renewing fellowship. We see Him as a great, strict Punisher of all evil. It is true that God is just and holy, but don’t forget that first and foremost, God is good and He loves you—so much that He desires your communion.

And don’t lose sight of the promise of 1 John 1:9: God will forgive and cleanse our sin.

So today, contemplate the goodness of our great God. This vision will help you come back to Him when you’ve failed and will help keep you from sinning in the future.

What I believe about God is the most important thing about me. — A.W. Tozer

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder