We all fall short of the glorious standards of God. No one measures up. Everyone is lacking in something. It is that truth that has helped me when the enemy would be attacking me with condemnation. When I struggle with guilt or shame for something that I knew that I had done wrong, I remind myself that we are imperfect and God loves us anyways. Reminding myself that everyone has faults and messes up helps me to not beat myself up. It helps me to not feel so alone in my struggles. We may all try to act like we have it all together but we don’t.
If you are anything like me you want to do right all of the time. You want to always be obedient to God. But life happens, we get caught up in the moment, we fall into temptation, we think and speak wrong, and we feel bad about it afterwards. I will beat myself up and wallow in guilt and shame for 3mths about something that God forgave me for as soon as I asked for his forgiveness, and he remembers it no more. Then I feel like I have a big posted note with my sin written on it in big black letters stuck to my forehead that everyone can see and they see me as a bad person or a hypocrite. The shame makes me feel as if people see me as the sin that I committed. As if i don’t beat myself up enough, the devil comes in with his lies and tells me that I’m no good, that I can’t ever get it right, that I am one big disappointment, that I always screw up, and that is why people won’t like me.
But one day as I had those things running through my mind the Lord spoke to my heart. He said, “you know Mandie, all of mankind sins. There is not a soul on this earth that has not committed sin. All of mankind falls short in my book but my grace covers them all. You are no different than the next person in my eyes. When I look at you I see Jesus. I know your heart and I know that you desire to do right. If you believe in me then believe that I meant what I said also. Believe that because of Jesus you are forgiven and made perfect in my sight.” Those words broke the enemies lies and my guilt and shame into pieces and God’s grace filled my heart.
We all fall short of God’s standard and it is only threw Jesus that we can meet his standards. But thanks to Jesus we don’t have to beat ourselves up for our wrong doing. We have been forgiven and we must receive his forgiveness and forgive ourselves. If God doesn’t remember the sin that you committed 6mths ago why are you still holding onto it? Forgive yourself and move forward.