“Through the Redemption, God undertakes to deal with a man’s past, and He does it in two ways: by forgiving him, and by making the past a wonderful culture for the future.” Oswald Chambers, in Run Today’s Race
By: Gabriela Yareliz
Today, I read something that moved me deeply. You see, lately, I have been on this journey of how I can improve aspects of my life, my reactions, myself– and for some reason, it led me down this bizarre path of comparisons and self depreciation. It happens to all of us at some point in life. We start seeing our flaws glowing brighter and brighter, and what we want is one of those giant white eraser sponges to take away our grime and imperfections. We want to be our best for those we love. And sometimes, we need to hit a pause button before we go all Monica Geller on ourselves.
I read Romans 8:1-4, and it’s a passage I have read before, but scripture always offers us inspiration in the moment when we need it the most.
This passage says: There is no condemnation in Christ. The Spirit gives us life, and it has set us free.
Gary Thomas writes in his book Cherish, “In Christ, our self condemnation offends God; it doesn’t please Him. To walk in condemnation is to call God a liar and Christ’s work insufficient. […] Saved sons and daughters [are] growing more magnificent every day as they are eventually made perfect by Christ Himself at the end.” (pg. 134)
I needed that today. Maybe you do, too. So here is a quick reminder, that you are made perfect in God, through His working in you. Some of us strive too hard for perfection and just end up hurting ourselves and those who love us.
Next time you want to talk down on yourself, remember, there is NO condemnation in Christ. You have been set free by love.