Dear Carisa (or anyone else that needs to read this),
So, you did it! You got your life on track (sort of) (for now), and things are going pretty well. You’re feeling confident about the direction things are moving, and you’re pretty much killing it at the “stay away from negative influences and bad situations” game.
There’s just one thing that’s not quite right.
But you’re not going to admit it to anyone.
And you would never condone a girlfriend doing it, but you spend a lot of time doing it.
But it’s okay ’cause it’s just a little thing. A no big deal kinda thing.
It’s actually kinda sorta really a big deal, sweetie. See, you’ve made strides towards fixing some of the mistakes you’ve made in the past. Big strides! Things are great! But when you’re alone, sometimes you spend an awful lot of time trying to put your chains back on. The chains Jesus died to free you from. The chains of sin and guilt and regret.
Sometimes you let the sad music play in the car or in the shower, and you just have a good ol’ time letting your emotions out. Which is fine…but afterwards, when you spend time feeling guilty about everything you’ve ever thought and done, that’s a problem. When you allow so many emotions to run rampant that you start to forget that you’re a treasured child of God, that’s kind of a big deal. When you let yourself feel so so so guilty that you forget how loved you are, that’s not okay.
Not only is it not healthy, but you’re also wasting your time on that guilt and regret. Read this next part as many times as you need to for it to sink in…
If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, you are not powerful enough to put the chains back on that Jesus already removed from you.
John 8:36 – “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
You can feel guilty all you want. You’re still forgiven. You can let regret seep in. You’re still saved. You can let your sadness and desire to turn back time take over. You’re still washed clean and made new.
You are worthy not because of what you have done or haven’t done, but because of what He did on the cross and who He is. No amount of self-loathing can change the fact that you are forgiven and your sins have been removed from you.
Please, lovely…the next time you want to have a pity party, just don’t. Have a praise party with the One who has extended grace time and time again. He calls you FORGIVEN.
Galatians 5:1 – “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”