This past weekend I attended a women’s conference at my home church. The speaker said something that I HAD to write down. She said:
I don’t need your judgment. I have a God who processes my story with me quite well.
This wasn’t a statement of, “I am who I am and I won’t change.”
It was a humble, but confident statement from a woman of faith who knows she is a work in progress.
The reality is that when you sin and it’s public (like Sarah in Chapter Five of The Mended Heart), you might struggle to shed shame because it’s placed on your shoulders over and over by people.
Can we just be honest? That’s human nature and there’s not a lot that we can do about it.
At some point we turn our gaze upward and thank God that He is willing to process our story with us.
In Sarah’s case, she knew she needed to regain the trust of her husband, children, close friends, and family. It was going to be part of the healing process.
But she couldn’t let judgment of those who didn’t know her God story keep her from healing.
She couldn’t let it keep her out of the grocery story. Or from attending her children’s events. Or from rediscovering where Jesus wanted to take her.
Remember in scripture where Jesus told sinners to “go and tell”. It was a release to let their lives be a reflection of His grace.
He didn’t ask them to convince anyone.
Just live out my grace. Tell them what took place in you. Let them see Me in you.
Today Sarah works with other women to free those in sexual slavery. She is a good mom. She is a faith-filled woman.
It took time, but her marriage recovered and together they dealt with the issues. Their relationship is good. Not just good, but honest and real.
Judgment could have kept Sarah tied to her sins, long after she was forgiven.
But she chose to let God to affirm her identity. To remind her of her worth, because of His great love.
It’s a game changer as you heal.
Shame is a heavy burden, but setting it down allows Jesus to work through your story with you.
Which will you chose?
Q: Have you held back from receiving all that Jesus offers you because of judgment of others?
Q: Name one tangible step you can take, with His help, to “go and tell others”.
Q: As you read Chapter Five, what is one scripture or statement that offered truth?
Tomorrow we’ll look at sins that just don’t seem to go away.
Keep reading. Keep telling others about The Mended Heart study. Let’s keep growing together. You are a blessing,