Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Your mistakes don't define you

I can hear the devil lying to me, telling me that these mistakes are part of who I am and that I can't let go of it. When I act in a way that doesn't point to Christ he tells me that I am not good enough, that I'm not pleasing to God, and that I am a disappointment to him. "That's not Christlike."
Now none of this should be an excuse for me to continue making the same mistakes again and again, but I easily fall into the trap of believing that I am less than, that I screwed up and am not forgiven, and that people can't see Jesus in me.This absolutely breaks my heart. I want my life to point to Him, and when it doesn't I quickly realize, but by this point and am beating myself up on the inside.
Theres a difference between conviction and condemnation and I confuse that line too often. Conviction says to repent and turn from your ways... ask forgiveness and DO BETTER! Condemnation says you're not good enough, you're guilty, full of shame, and you're not worthy. I tend to beat myself up when I don't act in a way that shines light, but that's not who I am and that's not where I'll stay.
God reminds me that my identity is found in Him and just because I made a mistake doesn't change the fact that I am His, that I am loved, that I am forgiven, that I am higher than the mistakes I make because of Him.
He doesn't love me any less, He doesn't love me any different, and mistakes don't change WHO I AM.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
Romans 8:1

Just some Monday night thoughts!