I’ve started to realize over the years that one of the most destructive facets of sin is when people fall into what a friend of mine calls “swivel chair theology.” Swivel chair theology has at its core the idea that when we sin, Jesus loves us a little less than before we sinned … that He turns His back to us in disappointment and we have to “do” something before He will turn back around. And so we live in an ugly cycle of trying to earn God’s love. 

That is, until one day when we stumble across Hebrews 4:16, which says,

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

You see, as believers, confidence before God should be our default setting—not guilt and shame and the belief that we have to earn His love!

Thankfully, God’s love is predicated not on your performance, either good or bad. His love is predicated on His character, which never changes. He can’t help Himself but love you. So when you sin, run to Him who understands your weaknesses and will deal with you with compassion and grace!