I have a God who processes my story with me quite well.
It was a humble statement from a woman of faith. She had sinned and struggled for years with shame.
She had to regain the trust of her husband, children, close friends, and family. In order to move forward, she couldn’t allow the judgment of others to keep her from healing.
She couldn’t let judgment keep her out of the grocery store.
Or from attending her children’s events.
She couldn’t allow it to keep her from rediscovering where Jesus wanted to take her.
Many times in scripture, when people were healed of obvious ailments — like leprosy or oppression — Jesus would send them to the temple. There they could tell their story. That sounds easy enough, unless you take into account that these people were considered unclean by priests.Judgment can keep us tied to our sins, long after we are forgiven. #livingfreetogether Click To Tweet
Jesus asked them to live as if they were free, for they were. It was an invitation to move forward as 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.
Judgment can keep us tied to our sins, long after we are forgiven — if we allow it.
Who are you allowing to process your story?
Is it another person, or is it Jesus? Is it shame, or is it Jesus?
Those are not easy questions to ask, but it’s important that we answer them. For if God has set you free (or is in the process of setting you free), you have a story to tell.
Day #15 of 21 Days to Moving Past What You Cannot Change
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”. (It may not be words at all, but living as if you are healed, forgiven, or loved by God.)
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