"But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10a).
The email was waiting for me when I arrived at work. The message was short, sweet, and simply read, "I love you forever, Mom!" Instantly, I was taken back in time to my blond, blue-eyed, five-year-old daughter as she stood in front of me with pigtails, a toothless smile, and a book tucked under her arm. I smiled and thanked God again for the privilege of homeschooling my children. What a blessing they had been and were continuing to be in my life!
Tears filled my eyes as I read again my daughter's expression of love. This time, my thoughts flew back to another young girl who had treated her parents quite differently. Painful choices and foolish rebellion had put her parents through misery. I was that young girl, and I heard again the hateful words I had said to my father in anger. My past actions stood as a stark contrast to my daughter's declaration of love. I realized again how deeply I had hurt my family. How undeserving I was to have been given a daughter who was such a joy!
Does Satan ever remind you of your shameful past to make you feel unworthy of love? You don't need to listen to his accusations anymore! No sin is bigger than the depths of God's love and grace. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1a). If you have confessed your sin before God in repentance and received His forgiveness, your sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, and God remembers them no more (Psalm 103:12). Praise God for the immeasurable grace He freely gives to all who are in Christ Jesus! "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). The next time Satan comes to remind you of your past, just remind him of his future and Christ's blood that was given for you!
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me and lifting my burden of sin. I stand amazed at the many undeserved blessings You've given me and humbly worship and thank You for Your forgiveness. In Your holy name, Amen.