The Word is full of reminders that God is with us all the time. He chooses to live in us and allows us to exist in Him at the same time. Sometimes that can be a bit much to wrap one’s head around, yet it is true. Hebrews 13:5 tells us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 1 Corinthians 3:16 reminds us that we “are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you.” Ephesians 2:22 informs the Ecclesia that “you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
These scriptures are not unique in telling us that our relationship with God is at once personal and corporate, just as it is uniformly bi-directional as we are in Him and He is in us. How can that be?
The simple answer is that we are created by God, and we are created from God. He holds us in His heart because He loves us, and He continues to hold us in His heart when we sin. Why? In part because His love and mercy are that powerful, and in part because He desires to see His creation perfected.
I know that may be a controversial statement for some, but think about it. If we live in Him and He in us, then what is in us must also be in Him, and what is in Him must also be in us. His love for us motivates Him to heal our imperfections, and His presence in us makes the complete fullness of His character available to us, not because we have obtained some reward, but because His nature is a part of us. It may be under utilized or ignored, but it remains in us waiting for that time when we will turn back to Him who lives in us and step into His character. God does not condone our sin, but does choose to endure it. That too, is a sign of His great love for us. He loves us so much that He remains present as we sin, knowing that abandoning us would remove His character from our lives and thus doom us.
The question for us then, is whose character will we choose to express?