Perfection has escaped all of us in countless moments.
We are prone to wander from what we know is right and in our wandering we come face to face with shame, guilt and condemnation. We keep secrets from people to hide what we’ve done. We overlook things to deny having to deal with them. There are evident consequences that require us to expose our decisions. But most times the unseen damage we’ve done, destroys us from the inside out.
Truth is, we were never meant to live in the shame, guilt and condemnation our failure speaks over us.
That is bondage.
There is no freedom in that because our bondage is not from God. Shame shackles us where we are and creates mindsets like:
“Well this is what I’ve done so no sense in changing now.”
“I am now this so I’ll never be differ…”
“I have this so nobody could ever…”
When we look at the way Jesus defended the prostitute who was condemned to be stoned, we see freedom as the mindset He has towards us. (John 8)
He reminded her prosecutors that we are all guilty of failing God and released the woman to her freedom to leave her sin behind.
He never chastised her.
He never ridiculed her of her heart wrenching past.
He never deemed her to be unworthy of being in His presence.
He just freed her.
He saved her from the physical death that reflected the shame and guilt hardening her heart of stone within.
In Jesus’ eyes it doesn’t matter what we did, how much or how little we sin, what consequences came from it or what damage we have done to ourselves or those around us. IT DOESN’T MATTER. He just needs us to do three things:
1. Repent (Acts 3:19)
We need to bring all of our mess to God. All of it. The ugliest parts of our sin, especially the moments we are most afraid to discuss or relive. That’s what God wants. He doesn’t need us to sugar coat or dress it up.
Bring it raw.
Bring it authentic.
Bring the real.
Our confession is what leads us into repentance to turn our backs on the sin pattern we can’t shake. We need to say sorry to BE sorry and adjust our behavior accordingly. The best apology is changed behavior for God, others and yourself.
2. Accept (Romans 5:8)
Receive God’s forgiveness. It is His desire to wipe the slate clean and let go of the things about us that grieve His heart. He longs for us come back to Him. There is nothing you can do to change His mind from wanting you.
You are His treasure.
Nothing you do can make Him turn His face from you.
3. Believe (Isaiah 1:18)
You have to believe God. When He says you are forgiven, you are white as snow and to go and sin no more…BELIEVE Him. You have to take let go of the shame, guilt and condemnation to grab ahold of His mercy, grace and forgiveness. You have to CHOOSE to believe that God sees you as brand new. Now is the time for you to see yourself renewed too.
Grace does not condone your behavior, it covers it.
Grace looks upon your sin and your repentant heart and says, “That’s in the past, let’s move forward now—what you did then, is gone.” Receive His grace. It is yours for the taking.
Beloved, God loves you and wants you no matter what. There is nothing you can say you’ve done that would make God turn away from you. God hates sin, He doesn’t hate YOU. He hates sin because it causes distance between you and Him!
So come back to Him. Come home and repent to accept a gracious God who forgives. Then choose to walk in your freedom every day.
You are who God says you are.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”