Don’t call unclean what God calls clean

 

What God says is what matters

 
When God calls you, rescues you from the pit of sin, He doesn’t leave you filthy and in chains. He doesn’t free you and then turn His back. You are wanted. You are loved. God tenderly takes you just as you are, and wipes away the dirt and the shame. You are priceless to Him. You are worth Him becoming your sin so you could become His righteousness. He paid your debt, in full. God clothes you in His finest robes and puts gold rings on your fingers. You are His treasure.

God redeems all your wrongs. He makes good from your failures and brings about His dreams for your life, according to His purposes. He isn’t embarrassed to be seen with You. What He says is what matters most. He chooses to no longer remember what you have confessed and humbly asked to be forgiven. He sets you on His path. He promises to never leave you, and He is true to His word.

So, don’t call what is clean to be unclean. You are restored. You are not who you were. You don’t have to live that way anymore. Your Father has given you a new life. Live in His calling. You are beautiful. You are filled with His Holy Spirit. You have purpose.

You are His.

Thankful: God is faithful and just to forgive

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

– 1 John 1:9

Today, I am thankful that God is faithful and just to forgive my sins.

When I confess, He will forgive. God has already paid the penalty for my sin. That was finished on the cross. This verse promises me that God is faithful and just in His application of forgiveness. When I come to Him, God will never leave me stranded or alone or destitute. He is faithful and sure to forgive when I turn away from my sin and turn to Him. He will not cast me aside, no matter how filthy my life is.

When He cleanses me, and washes off the dust of sin (and caked-on mud and dirt underneath my fingernails), His justice prevails. God does what He has decided is right, by making me right with Him again. He is holy, and has called me to be holy. So, God forgives and washes away my unrighteousness.

I am clean because of Jesus! My sins are forgiven because of God’s faithfulness and justice.

And that is why I can face every day with confidence and security in Christ, living in the freedom of God’s forgiveness.