I’m a perfectionist. In fact, I’ve sat down several times intending to write a post about this character flaw because it’s a hindrance. God is perfect and in Him, we are perfect. Outside of Jesus Christ, we are nothing.
That’s not an excuse to get down on yourself. Jesus doesn’t spend time on negative talk, and neither should we. Even when it’s aimed at ourselves.
I’m going to share a post here from a different writer’s blog. I don’t often do that, but in this case, I don’t feel I can tell it any better than she does.
This post was originally published on Monday, October 10, 2014 on Holley Gerth’s website at www.holleygerth.com.
When You Wonder if You’re Really Forgiven
I messed up. Again.
I sat on the back deck thinking about what a failure I’d been. What must God think of me?
I began to write about my mistake. I finished and looked at the black and white evidence that I had fallen short yet again. Then I seemed to hear a whisper in my heart.
“Rip out the page.” I paused and listened closer. “Rip out the page.”
“God, what are You saying? What do You mean, rip out the page? I need to record this mistake. I need to remember it.”
Again the clear message came. “Rip out the page.”
I touched the white page of my journal, now covered with writing. Then slowly I pulled from top to bottom. The paper made a sharp sound as it separated from the journal. Only a few fragments of white paper remained where my mistake once had been. The picture couldn’t have been clearer.
Forgiveness. Mercy. Grace.
They were right there on the clean, white pages of my journal.
God seemed to whisper to my heart again. “All of the mistakes and failures you remember, all the secrets you run from, all the regrets and remorse… they are all gone. Every one of them has been torn from the story of your life. You are forgiven. You are accepted. You are loved.”
I realized at that moment that God loves me. He doesn’t just tolerate me. He doesn’t just put up with me because I’m a Christian and He has to. He really, truly loves me.
So wherever you are, whatever mistake you have written in the journal of your life, know that God has ripped it from the pages.
There’s only love.
There’s only grace.
The story of your life is far different than you imagined…and the Author loves you far more than you ever dared to dream.
The next time you hear that whisper, “You’re such a failure,” remember it isn’t God’s voice you hear. That’s the enemy. He wants to discourage you. If he can defeat you, he thinks that’s a victory over God.
In Christ, you can do anything (Philippians 4:13). He will never leave you to fumble about on your own (Hebrews 13:5).
His voice is whispering, “I love you. I will help you.”
Who are you choosing to listen to today?