What do you do when you find yourself being judged because of your past? God has delivered you from the dark into the light but yet you find that you cant quite escape old reputations, judgements, and scrutiny. People are always bringing up old stuff!
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 ESV
Never feel ashamed about your past. The bad decisions, the hardships, and all the pain are all apart of who we are and serve as a testimony to God’s grace and goodness. It is our unique journey that allows us to testify to those who are traveling down the same road that we have. It is unfortunate that as we walk in the light of the Lord we will come across people who insist on judging our past as well as the things we are doing in our present. They watch our speech, what we have on, how we sit, and everything else we do. They watch to see if we have indeed been changed and try to put us in a righteous box that they themselves have never fit in. There will always be someone waiting to prove that you have not been saved. The enemy strives to crush our confidence and faith, but the devil is liar! Colossians’ 1:14 reads, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The blood of Jesus washes away our sins and we can rejoice and have faith that we are made new and whole in his name!
When you find yourself feeling ashamed of your past remember how much God loves you. Remember that the bible says that you are fearful and wonderfully made! No one has the right to judge another based on our past or our ideas of what a Christian should and should not look like. There is only one God and he made us all individuals joining together for purpose and for his glory. Never stop shining when God has placed his light inside of you. Never dim your light when people complain that it is too bright. It is with this light that we are called to show others the way out of darkness and for that reason God’s light will be celebrated!
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