As I was preparing to write this post, I was flipping through some of my favorite parts of the Bible to see if anything stood out to me to write about this week and I found something really cool in 1 John 11. It says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I think it is so true that we try to convince ourselves that we’re perfect. That we’re better than everyone else. We’re better Christians because our sin was not nearly as big as someone else.
I’m a total perfectionist. I know that over and over again I have lied to myself saying that, “it isn’t that big a deal,” rationalizing something that I had done wrong. I’m afraid of being judged or others seeing it and thinking less of me—lame, right? But, I know in my heart that God doesn’t do this to us when we fall short.
Because of grace I don’t have to be ashamed of what I’ve done wrong. I can ask forgiveness and learn from that mistake and be better for it.
I love Ephesians 1:4 that says, “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” I think it’s so cool that God decided way ahead of time that we would be forgiven for everything we were yet to do, before we even did it. Christ came and died so we could stand at the cross in surrender, completely clean of everything we have done and are yet to do. I am not done making mistakes. I can strive for perfection all I want but that won’t change the nature I was born into. I was born into a world of sin and sadness and hate, but I was saved and born again when Jesus forgave me.
One of my favorite songs is “Clean” by Natalie Grant that says, “there’s nothing too dirty that you can’t make worthy. You wash me in mercy. I am clean.” Even when you’re feeling ashamed or even inadequate, God can use the most broken things to shine his light. Live BLAMELESS in the wonder of His grace.