Sometimes we can really burden ourselves with our past mistakes. We assume that they have to determine our future that they have to be a part of us. That does not have to be the case. I find a lot of freedom within my faith. I do not find it easy to forgive myself, but, when I speak words of truth over my life it helps to bring release over my past mistakes. Romans 8 is a very popular due to the words of freedom that can be found there.
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
It is about believing in this truth and holding it over your life. Therefore it is not about living chained to sinful means and ways to bring happiness but living with a new purpose. If you are consistently living in a way that is hurting you or is hurting others, that is not freedom.
Do not get me wrong it is a hard one to grasp. There being no condemnation, when we live in a society which is all for condemnation when someone messes up. In contrast, it shows how loving and gracious God is that even through all our mistakes he never stops loving us and nor does he forsake us.
As you read further into Romans 8 you find greater freedom.
Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
You gain life and peace because you are able to focus on what is better. You gain freedom from pursuing a life which is more faith filled which leads you to have hope in something better. Life is messy and half the time events that happen do not even make sense. However, my faith gives me hope of something greater. That even in the brokenness of this world you can find love and trustworthy people.
Sometimes we chose to fill our hearts and mind with the wrong things because either we want to be accepted or we just don’t want to surrender our hurt and problems to God. However, when we consistently run after the desires of the world we become so drained. The world just take, take, takes and we either keep up at a cost or we are left with nothing.
It is so easy to be worldly and to seek the desires that everyone else is seeking. We believe that it will fill the hole or be able to fix our problems without having to deal with them. At the end of the day, would you rather not live in the freedom of what you believe than what everyone else is doing? This is why Jesus emphasises the narrow road.
Matthew 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
As Christians, it can be easy to confuse with what gives purpose and what actually gives life. As you spend more time within God’s word and allow it to speak into your life, you begin to see your priorities. Your life does shift and sometimes that does mean losing friends or interest in what use to give you purpose. Although that can be hard to understand and accept because as humans we like to be comfortable so we cling to what we know. However, it is never for your loss that this happens but for your gain. Sometimes the journey can be a long one but do not give up,
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It can be really hard to surrender our self-interests to God. I struggle with it and I am pretty sure most Christians do. I do believe and have been shown time and time again that it is in the surrendering that beauty and life is found.
If you need to take some time to just surrender past mistakes or any hurt that you have been harbouring then take time to leave it before God. This can take any shape or form. Whether it be in quiet prayer, talking through it with a trusted friend or in writing. One of the most effective ways I unload my heart is in writing. I have notebooks filled with my emotional breakdowns, my mistakes and my blessings too. It is interesting to look over old entries and see how my faith has progressed or to be encouraged when something isn’t running so smoothly.
I want to finish with some words that have been encouraging to me over the past few weeks.
Lean Back- Capital City Music
“Now I can see your love is better
Then all the others that I’ve seen
I am breathing deep all your goodness
Your loving-kindness to me
I will lean back in the loving arms
Of a beautiful Father
Breathe deep and know that he is good
He’s a love like no other”
I have had this song on loop for the past few weeks. The words have been such a blessing when I have felt inadequate or insecure. Learning to rest instead of doing. That it is in God’s grace that there is freedom not in my ideas of how I can earn my salvation.
Remember that your past mistakes do not have to determine you. Learn to lean back into the loving presence of God and allow God to make you whole again. Daily seek God’s word and speak his truth over you. Allow it to transform you into the person God wants you to be.