Jesus heals brokenness; restores marriage; redeems singleness; frees us from porn and lust; and melts away bitterness, gossip and greed. He helps us see who we are in Him. Experiencing this deep spiritual renewal often begins with desperation born out of the consequence of sin (or the pain of loss). We may have given up and walked away from God, but He beckons us to return.
In Christ, we find a greater hope, a deeper wisdom and a surer strength. We find everything needed to experience His love, to love Him in return, and to follow Him. Importantly, we also discover how to forgive ourselves. All of us have made major mistakes in life. Forgiving oneself is difficult, but Christ helps! He frees us from self-condemnation. All this springs forth deep peace and infinite joy.
This is who we are! This is our identity!
One caution. I judge no other person, but I reject any notion of adding cultural labels to our spiritual identity in Christ. Being found in Him should incline our heart, mind, soul and strength upward in a posture of worship for our King – the Rock of All Ages. Any time we add a prefix to Christian, we make faith more about us than about Him.
I too fall short of His Glory, but I reject human-centric versions of faith identity. Jesus calls us My children and commands us to have faith like a child. Children by nature are innocent: they see Jesus for who He is. Our being found in Christ is about His Fatherly love for us: not our righteousness nor personality, race nor ethnicity, wealth nor power, gender nor sexuality. It’s about Him.
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