Sin Does Not Define Me, Christ Does
Have you ever allowed sin to define you? It sticks to your skin like a scarlet letter, and you feel like no matter where you go, who you talk to, and what you do, that sin is blinking on and off like a neon sign. You wonder, “How can God love me when I’ve done _________?” “How can I call myself Christian when I’ve been so ‘unchristian?'”
There is not a single person in the world who has not felt this way. Regrets about things we wish we hadn’t done hound each one of us daily. Moments that make us smack ourselves on the forehead when we relive them in our minds.
I have those regrets too. I’ve done things that I’m not too proud of, and that have hurt others. I went against my parents’ teaching and partied it up with friends. I’ve done things purely out of the need for money, worldly pleasures, popularity, and career advancement that put me to shame. I’ve said things to my spouse and kids that are far from the picture of a loving, Christian husband and father.
In short, I’ve sinned. We all have.
The one saving grace is that I know each of these sins, terrible acts, and embarrassing moments does not define me. Christ does. When I accepted Jesus into my heart, that was the only defining moment that mattered. Everything else I’ve done does not label me because I became a new creation in Him.
You are not your sin. You are not your guilt. You are not your bad moods or your self-contempt. You are not broken or bruised beyond His repair. There is always a choice to start over. To rededicate yourself to Christ or, if you haven’t already, give your life over to Christ and accept Him into your heart today.
Because in Christ, your past is forgotten, your sins are forgiven, and you are redeemed, and that is all that matters.
BUT IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO HIM, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL WICKEDNESS.