The Bible is written for our benefit. It doesn’t benefit God; it is for us. Man was created specifically for relationship with God. God loves every single person that has ever lived and ever will live. We were created with a God sized hole in our hearts that only He can fill. The only way He fills it is if we invite Him in.
Inviting God into our lives doesn’t make us perfect. It does give us access to His mind, His thoughts, His power. We still mess up; we still make mistakes. The difference between having Him in our hearts and not, is we receive His forgiveness and help to do better when we ask for it. It is not a license to keep repeating the same sins over and over again. We are supposed to learn how to live by His rules. When we live by His rules (as best we can) and spend time in prayer and reading His word, we grow closer to Him. We feel His presence; we feel a supernatural joy welling up inside as we feel God’s love surrounding us like a warm fuzzy blanket, like being wrapped in sunshine on a spring day.
If you had a child who had been your favorite son the whole time he was growing up, having never given you a moment’s worry or heartache, and when he grew up he was tortured and beaten to death while he was trying to save someone else, would you want people to know what a kind and good person he had been or would you rather have them spit on his grave and say he was evil because he didn’t do what the mob wanted? Jesus forgave His tormentors. He forgave those who beat him, scourged him, mocked him, and spat in his face. He hung on a cross (from which he could have gotten himself down: He is and was God), in more pain than any of us can imagine, and said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t understand what they are doing.” KJV says “They know not what they do.” With nails in his hands and feet, he had to hoist himself up to breathe because the weight of him just hanging there would put too much pressure on his heart and lungs to breathe normally. He asked for water as he hung there and he was given vinegar.
That is strong character. Do you know anyone else who can do forgive something like that? No. Not unless they have a relationship with God. Because God forgives us, He gives us the ability to forgive others, no matter how badly they have treated us or those we love.
I hear a lot of people say they won’t go to church because there are too many hypocrites. Well, you go to the grocery store with them, to the mall, the doctor’s office, etc. The devil will always give you excuses not to go to church. Don’t worry about the people in the church; worry about where you will spend eternity. Hypocrites won’t make it to heaven, but they will be in hell, which is where everyone who doesn’t accept Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and His gift of eternal life, will end up. So you can go to hell with the hypocrites and spend all eternity with them, or you can ask Jesus to save you from your sin, find peace, love, joy, and happiness, or you can be one of the hypocrites. The choice is yours.