The solid foundation of our relationship with God is not love.
See, God chose us and predestined us before the foundation of the word in love (Ephesians 1:5).
But we became fallen by being involved with sin.
Then God had a problem.
Could God freely forgive us based on His love?
For God to do so would be to overlook His righteousness. Making Him unrighteous.
- Does God pervert justice? / Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness? (Job 8:3)
- Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne… (Psalm 89:14)
We are sinners and although God is loving, merciful and gracious this cannot be the basis of His forgiveness.
This is true in order to be initially saved.
And also true to be continually saved.
In our sin and failure we cannot demand God in His love or grace to forgive us.
But surely we can claim forgiveness based on His righteousness.
Because, in Christ’s death on the cross, all demands were fully fulfilled on our behalf.
The price has been paid and God’s requirements have been satisfied.
- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes, both to Jew first and to Greek. For the righteousness of God is revealed in it…” (Romans 1:16-17)
Now, God is required to save us. His Son has paid all our great debt.
It would be unrighteous for God to require anything else from us in order to save us.
Such request would cause His throne to topple (Psalm 89:14).
After confessing your sin or failure you could even say,
“Lord, I believe in Your Son’s redemption.
You accepted His work by raising Him from the dead.
I just believe by faith.
Now, even if you wouldn’t want to
You must forgive me.
You are righteous.”
This is the power of the gospel.