What God Says About Your Shameful Past

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our exciting video series, Who Do You Think You Are? Check out the other videos HERE.

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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Melissa Danisi


Melissa Danisi is the Co-Founder of Self Talk the Gospel and serves at The Well Community Church, encouraging and equipping women by teaching God’s word and shepherding leaders. Her greatest passion is to see women walk in the freedom of the Gospel and grow in their love of Jesus through the study of Scripture, which led to writing bible studies on Ephesians, Philippians, Sermon on the Mount, Spiritual Disciplines, and most recently Genesis. She recently received her Master’s Degree in “Pastoral Care to Women” from Western Seminary and has been married to her very Italian husband since 2006.

  • http://messymiddle.com/ Amy Young

    Melissa, I am super excited about this series!!

  • http://messymiddle.com/ Amy Young

    AND might I add … the way you offer hope in this video to many IS the heart of the gospel. In you, I see a woman who has taken Jesus at his words, “Woman, who condemns you? Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” Your past is forgiven! Your present informed by your past, but no longer defined by it. You are indeed, his righteousness!

    • Melissa Danisi

      Thanks Amy! So grateful that our past does not define our future!

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