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The sin of my past was loud. It wasn’t subtle or private, it was out in the open and obvious. I still feel like I can hear it when I walk down the street. So much of my identity today seems to be wrapped up in my past, who I once was and what I once did.
Guilt and shame seem to reign in my life more than grace and forgiveness. I see myself so clearly in my shortcomings that it distorts my whole perspective for who I truly am.
Who am I to tell people about a Savior?
Who am I to share Christ’s love?
Who am I to work at church?
Who am I to preach the Gospel?
I am nobody. But Christ in me is somebody, and that’s who I want to live for.
I don’t want my past mistakes to be my identity.
I don’t want my present sin to interfere with my future and my hope.
I am not who I once was. I am not known for my stains, but for the One who makes me clean. I am not perfect, but I can point to the One who is. I want to be known for being the most forgiving, because I have been forgiven much. I want to love others out of the love that Christ has shown me.
I don’t want to live out of the identity of who I once was, but out of who I am, and who Christ is making me to be.
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