As God’s children, we are accepted by God the way He made us, not as others think we should be or as we wish we could be. Even though our spirit is redeemed and covered by the righteousness of Christ; our flesh is in constant combat with the Spirit. The Bible says: “For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh [godless human nature]; for these are antagonistic to each other.” (Gal. 5:17) We must understand that the battle with our flesh does not change our diminish God’s love for us as His children. To live as if God does not accept us because we are cloaked in sinful flesh–is to live in blind defeat. God knows all about our sinful flesh and He does not expect us to overcome it alone! God does not disown us because of our sinful flesh any more than I would ever disown my son for busting out the window of my car. He is my son, he is a part of me, and–I accept him–with all of his flaws. When Jesus saved me, I became a part of God’s family. I am His child and He became my Father right there in the mess where He found me. He made me part of His family even though He knew all about the future sins I would commit against His love. When I had children I expected that they would sin against my love–because they are sinners like me. They are mine, and I accepted them with their flaws and with the knowledge of that they would do things that they shouldn’t. I accepted and loved them before they even understood love. God’s love for us is a million times better than the love we have for our children because His love is perfect. He loved us first! The Bible says: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.” (1 John 4:10) Because God loves us with perfect love, we should NEVER doubt His acceptance of us! He knows ALL of our weaknesses and even though He is perfect in every way, He still loves us with His everlasting love. When we grasp that we are accepted by God, we are transformed by confidence and love–and we live victoriously for His glory!