40 Days of Purpose
Friday, Day 3
The wonderful part about a Christian taking time to look at their sin is, at the end of the day, I can trust my nasty thoughts, wrong choices, dark heart attitudes, rebellious actions and hurts toward myself and others are paid for in full already.
I do not need to manage my emotions better. Berating myself for wrong choices will not solve anything. I can’t pay Him back for my wrong thoughts, attitudes or choices. Those things are already accounted for, forgiven. What I can do is channel my guilt, shame, remorse and heartbreak to Jesus. Trusting Him to once again reassure me that He knew about these acts of rebellion when He chose to die on the cross for me. He died setting me free to be with Him.
That offers me a different motivation for my reform. When I talk with Jesus about my sin, acknowledging that it’s what he died to save me from, then I want to honor his sacrifice by fleeing from rebellious thoughts, habits, actions and motives.
I don’t have to dig my heels in and “try harder” in my own strength. He sent His spirit to give me strength.
Today I’m looking at my sin out of a desire to more fully give up my grasp on these dead habits, half-hearted beliefs and manipulative actions. They no longer hold me in the eternal realm, but old habits die hard. I want to address a few of these rebellious areas directly and ask my Savior to help me live more fully in light of my eternal reality where I am freed from sins curse.