Have you ever worn the same shirt two days in a row? I mean, continuously? I have to admit there was a Wednesday morning a while ago when I put on a very comfortable (but not altogether flattering) shirt. When it came time for church that night I decided to keep it on (less laundry, score!!) When I got home from church I thought, “Hey, lets just sleep in this thing,” and unfortunately I have to confess that the next day I chose to wear it yet again! At that point I had officially crossed the line of all fashion boundaries. It was not until later that day I was forced to take a shower and get presentable since we had company coming over for dinner, or else I would probably still be wearing that thing. I had to peel my comfy gray Old Navy sweatshirt off and say adios for now. So yeah…that happened. What can I say? I was comfortable and I didn’t want to change. I bet there is someone reading this who has my record beat by a landslide. One of y’all wore the same shirt for like five days in a row. Am I right or am I right?
Sometimes in life, we wear guilt like a comfy gray sweatshirt that we don’t want to take off. We listen to the guilt the devil heaps on us and we get so used to living with it. We almost get comfortable with the idea this is how life is going to be. A couple examples are the classic “mom guilt,” the timeless “guilt over past sins,” or last but not least the annoying “not good enough guilt.”
Many women are walking around secretly battling heavy guilt from past sins or feelings of inadequacy. If that’s you, I encourage you to ask yourself a couple questions. First, have I asked Jesus to forgive me of my past sins and to make me clean? (That is the first and best place to start.) And secondly, do I believe He has? I can tell you on the authority of God’s Word that if you have asked God to forgive you, He has done just that. I LOVE how the Lord starts this verse in Isaiah:
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
It’s done! YES! It’s settled! As women of God we need to grasp, believe and cling to the fact that guilt has no place in our lives—none! No more than wearing a sweatshirt longer then a day has any place in my fashion line-up. (Actually, that might happen again, but let’s just go with the analogy.) We have precious little eyes and ears paying close attention and watching our every move. Will our children hear a mom who simply speaks of God’s forgiveness only in her words, but in reality is still a slave to guilt? Or will they see their mom living in God’s freedom day in and day out, walking in the grace and mercy that Jesus has so wonderfully given? Until we as moms accept The Good News in its entirety (I am COMPLETELY forgiven, Jesus has washed me clean and I don’t need to be weighed down by guilt), how will we ever teach our kids the true Gospel?
I can tell you personally that guilt has been a tool the devil has used to ring my doorbell time and time again, and it is nothing short of poison in our lives. He absolutely loves to remind me of my past sins, and then watch me go crawl under the proverbial covers of life and just lay there feeling ashamed. He also works overtime to bring up feelings of inadequacy after a rough day with my two and three-year-olds and whisper that I am not doing a very good job at this mommy thing. But you know what? I am absolutely sick and tired of entertaining that nonsense, because my precious Bible tells me differently.
“If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” John 8:36
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
YES! YES! YES! This is the truth that needs to permeate our thoughts every day! Let’s trust and believe what God has told us to believe! After a trying day with the little nuggets, or the tweens or whoever it may be, instead of listening to the lies of how we are not good enough, let’s claim how great God is! He promises that in our weakness He is so very strong! And when a guilt-filled thought comes into our minds and reminds us of what we used to do and who we used to be, let’s shout out about who we truly are in Christ! So to those of you who are all cuddled up on the couch still wearing your guilt like a gray sweatshirt, it’s time take it off for good. Believe what Jesus did at the Cross was final. Adios guilt! In Christ, I am forgiven!
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