Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –
Today is has been a great day, made some mistakes that I’m not too proud of but overall today was great. Even though today was great as mentioned prior, I found myself consumed with the awful things I had done. Isn’t it just like the Enemy to keep the past over our heads when forgiveness was already given and received. Condemnation and shame clouded my thinking and I begin to think of how much I failed in a short period of time. This is usually the beginning of the downward spiral that results from what I believe are BIG mistakes. I began to pray as I tugged with these feelings and afterward the Holy Spirit spoke to me in such a sweetness…“Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who walk after the spirit and not after the flesh…(Romans 8:1)” I knew the passage of scripture and hope immediately filled my heart.
Condemnation. The expression of very strong disapproval; censure. This is feeling that surrounds us after we do something that is very wrong. It is as if we can feel the shaking of God’s head, disapproving our very essence. Some of us have convinced ourselves that God believes He made a mistake in the creation of us, because we mess up- time and time again. Some of us have convinced ourselves that God wants nothing to do with us after what we’ve done. Some of us have convinced ourselves that God no longer hears us, we’ve sinned way too many times and our privilege of conversation has been revoked based upon our behavior. We have have convinced ourselves of things that are NOT true. All of the statements above are lies that we believe, lies that we have fell for over time.
What if I told you that God was not surprised by your mistakes? Neither was He alarmed when you “failed” in your own definition of the word? What if I told you that God was willing to not only talk to you but to forgive you and help you get back on track? What if I told you that God chooses to forget about your mistakes and the only one keeping you hostage to them were you?
When we repent and choose to do what is right, God cleans our slate and create a new chance for us – this my friends is grace. Grace is our opportunity to get it right this time and it is because of grace that we can live our lives free from shame, guilt and condemnation. Our mistakes become the avenue to our restoration – creating a platform of God’s love & forgiveness with others. Without our mistakes, we would not have the experience to share the hope of forgiveness with others. Sometimes we treat God like we do others, we expect him to have limits to drop us when we do awful things- but God is not like man. He does not drop us because we mess up from time to time, instead He draws us closer so that His love can change us and make us into the great women and men He desires for us to be. Your mistakes are your messages of hope and restoration to others. Share graciously!
Until next time,