About a year ago I was sitting in my dorm room with tears in my eyes as I watched a video that Natalie Grant posted on YouTube. It was a video of her performing her song titled “Clean.” In this song, she says, “there’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy. You wash me in mercy, I am clean.”
Our society puts a lot of pressure and expectations on teens, and for a lot of my life I have really struggled with carrying unnecessary guilt. I tend to hold on to mistakes I have made even if I have already been forgiven for them.
God does not want us living in guilt; He wants us to live in abundance.
We are called to lay down and leave our problems at the feet of Jesus. There is no reason to hold onto things that God has already forgiven us for. He is restoring us piece by piece. He is the God of forgiveness Who is constantly making us whole. We are washed in the blood of His sacrifice, and there’s nothing too dirty that He can’t make worthy.
I believe that God uses our hard experiences and mistakes to help us grow and learn from them. An interesting example of this is in Luke 8. This story is about a man named Legion. Legion was a demon-possessed man that Jesus came across during His ministry. Jesus ended up casting the demons out of Legion, and Jesus made him clean.
After this, Legion wanted to follow and walk alongside Jesus throughout His ministry. But instead, Jesus tells Legion to go back home and tell the people what Jesus has done for him. In this moment, Legion becomes the first missionary mentioned in the book of Luke.
If God wanted the earth to be full of people that He fully controlled, He would’ve done it because He fully has that power. However, I believe He wanted us to have free will in order to choose Him. With no mistakes, there is no choosing and fully surrendering to Him.
We have to choose God even when we mess up. We have to choose to believe His truth over what our human emotions tell us to believe. We have to trust God when He tells us that we can find refreshment in Him. There’s nothing too dirty that God can’t make worthy. We are clean.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” – Acts 3:19
I encourage you all this week to try and focus on God’s truth instead of believing the lies that the world wants you to believe. Our feelings are not always the truth, and we have to choose to believe God’s truth over them.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt so weighed down by false guilt that you were putting on yourself? If so, let’s talk about it in the comments!
…act justly, love mercy, walk humbly…