Often, I verbally beat myself up for getting into such a mess. I blamed myself, circumstances, or others for my lack of wisdom. This led to feeling guilty, ashamed, and worthless. Deep down inside, I struggled with the false belief of not being totally worthy of God's redeeming love. I was trapped into Satan's lie that I was not good enough.
As I carefully examined my past mistakes, I questioned if Jesus turned His back on me. Could He really forgive me for what I've done? It's during these teachable moments when I've learned there's nothing I can do in my own strength to earn His love or forgiveness. Thankfully, I rest in Christ's work on my behalf and not on my own merit.
The good news is the price was paid in full for us to be in the right standing with God. He created us with strengths and weaknesses. We were not designed to be perfect. There will be times when we will make mistakes or say something we wish we hadn't. Yet Christ wants us to bring our messes to Him trusting that His compassion never fails.
We are righteous because of what His Son did on the cross. His blood was shed and His body was broken for us to be set free from guilt and shame. No matter what we have done or how horrible our past mistakes may be, we are worthy because we're God's child. Our true worth lies within Him.
PRAYER OF HOPE: Dear Lord, sometimes I make mistakes and battle with being not good enough. Even when I'm undeserving, You remain faithful. Thank You for not withholding Your love, grace, and mercy for me, despite my shortcomings. Help me to grasp how valuable and worthy I am to You today. Amen.
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)
Note: This excerpt is from my 50 day devotional, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity. Copies are available in print books as well as e-books.