John 3:16 – a verse that is often spoken about, yet a verse that doesn’t lose its power or message. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have an Everlasting Life”.
What an undeserving gift.
Jesus took our place. He carried that burden of sin so that we don’t need to. Shame and guilt do not come from God. What comes from God is the Holy Spirit, which lives in each of His children, to convict and to change us. However, we are not meant to dwell in that conviction. We are not meant to live in conviction [Ron, if you’re reading this, thank you for this reminder].
If we live in conviction, we are missing the point of the Gospel. We then are so focused on what we’re doing wrong, that we miss what Jesus already has done.
What I am trying to get at is this:
You are forgiven. You are not defined by your past. Your past does not hold you in chains to where you can’t meet Jesus. Your mistakes do not take away the Blood that was shed on the Cross for you. It is done. It is finished, as Jesus stated [John 19:30]. Whatever sin is keeping you up at night, let it go. Whatever past experiences you feel like are choking you, release your own hands.
II Corinthians 5:21 states, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”.
In Christ, we are seen as holy and blameless [Colossians 1:22]. Isn’t it funny how we are our own self critics? We are so quick to point out everything we’re doing wrong, and what we’re not doing… when Jesus commands us to be still and know that He is God [Psalm 46:10]. This even means when we feel like we are messing up, not reading enough Scripture, not praying enough, falling into the same temptation…God is still God. God still overflows us with His love and presence. God still forgives us and changes us. God still has His arms open to us. Because that is simply who He is. He is the same today, as He was yesterday, and as He will be forevermore [Hebrews 13:8].
“God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood – to be received by faith”. Romans 3:25
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s not be so hard on ourselves. Of course we hold ourselves to a higher standard, but beating ourselves up for each sin we commit is ignoring John 3:16. We are ignoring the fact that Jesus knows our hearts, and He knew what sins we would struggle and commit, YET He still carried that Cross. He did that so we didn’t need to. Give yourself grace. Because where sin increased, grace increased more.
No one is ever too far gone to reach the hands of Jesus. ❤
“But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 5:20
Now, this isn’t a reason to go do whatever we want, completely ignoring God, and taking advantage of His grace. Rather, this is a truth to rest in. The truth that when we do fall [cause we will], God isn’t making us stay there. When we give our lives to Jesus, our desires and heart starts to change. The things we were drawn to, all of the sudden don’t interest us anymore. Because we when have the living God in our hearts, all we want to do is glorify Him and live a life according to His Word. Not perfect. Still human. Still sinful. Not any better than anyone else. Simply unworthy of what God gifts with us. Yet, still loved and forgiven by Him.
The GOOD and BEST news is that Jesus paid it all! Jesus took our place! We have been forgiven by the shedding of Jesus’s blood and friend.. that is something to talk about! That is something to tell people about. That is something to shoot from the rooftops! GOD LOVES YOU! JESUS TOOK YOUR PLACE ON THE CROSS SO YOU CAN LIVE IN FREEDOM!
As we come to the end of 2020, and come into the Christmas season.. Fall into the arms of God. Don’t let your past take away the best relationship ever. You are forgiven. Let those chains break. Forgive yourself. Jesus sees you and Jesus loves you. Celebrate that this season.
Come home. Come meet this Jesus with me. Together, let’s live this life for His glory.
It is never about Jesus if it’s always about us.
I pray that The Lord may speak to you through me, I can only hope I can help you in your relationship with Christ.