There are times in every believer’s life that we feel far away from God. We feel like our actions never correlate with what we want to do. We truly have lived Paul’s words, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate” (Romans 7:15). Committing mistake after mistake, we find ourselves with gossip roaring around us. Then, all that is heard is the negative words coming from people’s mouths.
Yet, it is in the heartbreak that we learn that God will always calm the raging storms of shame and guilty.
The truth is as Kelly Balarie, blogger of Purposeful Faith writes,
“my heart is not set on the ups-and-downs of others words,
but on the solid-rock of Christ.”
If shame and guilt continue to control your life, you must dive into The Word. When we know who we are to God, nothing else matters.
Rid yourself of the chains of shame and guilt so you can walk in God’s calling for your life.
He Wants You To:
- Uplift others.
You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you. He just wants you to be willing. For just at Matthew 25:30-40 states, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me…And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
- Understand others.
When you’ve been through shame and guilty, people struggling with the same thing will come to you. Don’t forget how God has transformed you. Be someone who others are comfortable opening up to about their struggles. “Therefore confess your sins to each other” (James 5:16). Remember it says “confess your sins to each other” meaning that you will have to open up about your struggles as well. It’s a two-way street.
- Heal others.
Doctors cannot heal someone without the proper knowledge or tools. It’s the same for you. Study the Bible and “pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16).
Know That You Are Forgiven
I leave you with a powerful Bible story that gave me victory over shame. In Luke 7:36-50, we are introduced to an immoral or sinful woman who anoints the feet of Jesus with an expensive perfume and weeps at His feet. She does all of this in a public setting exposing herself to the criticism of others. Jesus responses to her boldness by saying,
“I tell you, her sins— and they are many — have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”
I found refuge and peace in knowing that even though others talked about her, Jesus did not care. In fact, He stood up for her because He saw her heart.
Today, He stands for you too because you are forgiven.
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