I Am Not My Mess…I Am Forgiven
Read: “Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!” Isaiah 1:18 (TLB)
Reflect: My life is messy. For example, what started out as a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch ended in a very public argument with my husband. The frustration in my heart was put on full display before the Lord, my family and a bunch of strangers. Messy! I later replayed those moments and found myself stuck in anger, shame, hurt and embarrassment. As I sat quietly, God adjusted my self-centeredness, returned my gaze to him, wrapped me in his love and restored me to righteousness. In my head I heard, “Wow, you really did that? Everyone has fallen short of my glory – maybe not so publicly but still, everyone. I forgive you. I love you. Go forward and act a fool no more.”
As a child of God, my spirit moves forward anew, freed from the chaos of my past mistakes. However, sometimes I am pulled back into feelings of shame through internal and external signals that my actions are not worthy of forgiveness–at least not yet. This struggle with competing beliefs about forgiveness is difficult. It is a battle that draws me nearer to God. In the midst of my personal storms, his grace and forgiveness is always present to remove the stain of my sins, allowing me to walk boldly in the light of his redemptive love.
God’s Word reminds me that life can be messy, but by his grace, I am not my mess…I am loved and I am forgiven.
React: Imagine God whispering in your ear that all (not some) of your sins are gone. Today, practice walking in God’s amazing grace, embracing the fact that you cannot earn it, will never deserve it, but have it—simply because he loves you.
Pray: God, thank you for your love, acceptance and forgiveness.