At nine years of age, my father took me into his office and explained a better way. After all, I was a sinner who needed saving. ďHave you ever lied to your mom or me?Ē Or his infamous one, ďYou know when you sass (his favorite word) us? Thatís a sin too.Ē
From a sordid introduction, he scurried to a respectable solutionÖďGod sent his Son to die for your sinsÖĒ then to the sinnerís prayer. The prayer worked well until the cringing fingers of peer pressure began clawing at my otherwise moral fiber. For nine years, lying and sassing were among my tamer sins. Questions penetrated the hard shell of my rebellion. Was I an alcoholic, or just someone who drank? An addict or merely someone who used occasionally? A criminal or simply someone who sporadically broke a few laws? More importantly, a rebellious child of God or not one at all? Was I defined by what I did or whose I was?
I chose to believe what God whispered instead of what I felt. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (II Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
Defining ourselves by past failures and mistakes, by filthy and unkind words spoken by or about us, or even by our failed attempts to live up to otherís expectations ensures misery. Freedom grows when we think Godís thoughts about us. Yes, I was only nine when I accepted Christ-and sure Iíve made numerous blunders, but Christís payment on the cross was enough to cover past, present, and future sins. Faith in him makes us his children and ensures complete redemption. We no longer suffocate under condemnation but breathe under forgivenessí freedom. Donít let otherís thoughts about you because of your present or past mistakes define your identity. Think Godís thoughts.
Prayer: Thank You merciful Father for covering all our sins by the blood of Your Son. Enable us to live in the freedom of forgiveness rather than in the chains of otherís opinions of us. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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