After last week's post, I received a lot of messages from people telling me the guilt and shame they felt from masturbation and aspects of their sexual present/ past. This is for you:
A dear friend of mine lost her virginity recently and was feeling so discouraged in her walk afterward. She was telling me how she had lost focus, how she felt such a strong presence of chaos and how she was simply lacking rest. Unfortunately, the young man who had taken her virginity seemed to have lost interest in her. My heart broke for the turmoil that had entered her life, but what impacted me most was how she told me, tears streaming down her face, how guilty she felt.
1 John 2:1 says “My little children, I am writing to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Now, I am in no way excusing or encouraging sin, but sometimes we can forget that we are new creatures in Christ, especially when we fail to renew our minds with the word, which is why it is so important to receive your daily bread of life. Sin in your life, vices that you struggle with, are simply the fruit of separation from God. Perhaps, your struggles are aspects of your life you have yet to surrender to Him because you feel guilty or ashamed to lay it all on the alter. But Christ didn’t die so that we would walk around feeling guilty for every mistake we make, He died so we would operate from a place of grace, learn from our mistakes and then press forward, moving deeper into relationship with Him. A friend explained it me recently this way; God is light and he simply shines his light over your life, illuminating even the darkest of places.
Never forget that Jesus died for your freedom, not for you to be bound to a set of rules that you attempt to follow in your efforts. He did not die for us to walk in condemnation, there is NO condemnation in Him. (Romans 8). Now, feeling conviction is a gentle reminder of your freedom, the fact that you are indeed saved, that’s where all things work together for your good because God is simply reminding you how uncomfortable it can be, how silly it can feel, to walk in the chains that have already been removed.
You are free from sin, it no longer applies to you, it is no longer a part of your nature. Don’t let your conviction become condemnation by letting it consume you. Press into God, dig deep into His word and let your convictions serve as a reminder to operate in your freedom.