Thursday, July 10, 2014

Counting Failures

When will you stop counting strikes against yourself?! 

When will you truly accept forgiveness?

No matter which a parent, as a spouse, as a friend, as a worship leader, whatever...I mess up.
When I mess up, I will usually move on after there has been repentance or an apology, whatever was needed. If I needed forgiveness myself, I would accept it and move on...

...or so I thought. 

I realized that sometimes that happens, but often, what I actually keep doing is moving past the incident, but then when there's another incident, I say to myself, "See!?! You messed up again! You're a horrible ______." (Fill in the blank with a role.) 

I'm keeping my own track record of mistakes! As a follower of Jesus, God doesn't do this to me. 
Why do I keep doing this to myself? I have got to learn to accept Jesus' grace and mercy. 

" [love] keeps no record of wrongs."
1 Corinthians 13:5 

God is LOVE! He keeps no record of wrongs. He forgives and does not hold my past mistakes against me.

I have to stop. I don't believe God likes when I, even unknowingly, say to Him...
"Sorry God. These sins do count against me. You're wrong. What you say you died for, what you already paid the price for, didn't work"...
because, in essence, this IS what I am saying when I continue to hold my sins over myself, not to mention that I'm saying that my good and bad works define who I am. 
My works DO NOT define who I am. 
Jesus does. I am who He says I am. 
My identity lies in my Savior.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in
accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished upon us.
Ephesians 1:7-8a

Grace...lavished? Yes please.

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