When our identities are rooted in shame, hurtful words only serve to reinforce what we already believe.
Meanwhile we reject loving words of affirmation as we see ourselves as unworthy.
Whether we know it or not, we reject the blessing and embrace the curse.
The truth is we are declared free from the curse. We are declared heirs to the blessing. It is not through our own works lest any of us should feel we have something to boast about.
We boast in Christ and in Him alone.
Jesus ‘sacrifice freed us from shame. It was nailed to the cross and died with Him and yet there was no evidence of it in His resurrected body. He conquered sin and death. He buried our shame. He died so we could have life in abundance. Because of His sacrifice, we have new identities.
These are not the old shame based identities that we place on ourselves in our failures. No, our true identities are rooted in His love and lived out in His grace.
The old is dead. Shame is dead. Instead, may we let His light and His life shine through us.
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If meekness is defined as power under submission, it stands to reason that he with the most power has the greatest capacity for meekness.
Now consider this, on that dark and yet glorious day of the cross, Jesus had the power to call down legions of angels to come at once to His rescue and yet He subjected Himself to the will of His Father.
He who had absolute power demonstrated unwavering submission.
Have you been treated unjustly?
Will you muster your meager strength to exact your own version of justice or will you subject yourself to the will of your Father?
~ Mitch Salmon