I always assumed that God forgave sinners because He had to. Not grudgingly necessarily, but because He needed to uphold His end of the bargain. Jesus, the sinless, took our sin and our shame, and God chose to look on Him and forgive us.
But recently I read the phrase “God’s pleasure in forgiveness.” It made me stop and wonder: Does God really take pleasure in forgiving us?
Can He really be pleased to erase our shame when justice demands that we remain alienated from Him forever?
I am beginning to grasp a level of God’s grace that goes beyond fulfilling an obligation or “just doing His job.” He wants us to be restored to a right relationship with Him. If He didn’t, He would not have provided a Way.
Jesus stands with arms outstretched, beckoning us to step into His perfection.
And I continue to wonder: God finds pleasure in forgiving us. But how much pleasure do we find in repentance?