Everyone has a past. Some more sordid than others. No matter how morally squeaky clean you are, you are not without sin.
But what happens when the guilt of our sins overwhelm us so much that it’s a constant deterrent against our happiness and ability to live free? What happens when we are constantly being reminded of what we did and how we lived by people around us and even our own minds?
What do we do when we can’t enjoy anything because we are constantly trying to make up and apologize for who we used to be? What happens when we feel we have no right to good things now because of the not so good things we did before?
Are you living like this? Trying to over compensate, living your life apologetically, forever in the shadows of your past actions?
I have an announcement for you! It’s time to break free! You have been forgiven and it is time you accept that forgiveness and move on. Let me show you what Jesus did for you.
Hebrews 10: 1- 4 (ERV)
“The law gave us only an unclear picture of the good things coming in the future. The law is not a perfect picture of the real things. The law tells people to offer the same sacrifices every year. Those who come to worship God continue to offer those sacrifices. But the law can never make them perfect. 2 If the law could make people perfect, those sacrifices would have already stopped. They would already be clean from their sins, and they would not still feel guilty. 3 But that’s not what happens. Their sacrifices make them remember their sins every year,4 because it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
So what God did to end that first system of bulls and goat sacrifices was let Christ offer his body on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice. Christ made that sacrifice one time—enough for all time.
Hebrews 10: 14 (ERV)
“With one sacrifice Christ made his people perfect forever. They are the ones who are being made holy.”
My key statement here is in verse 18:- “And after everything is forgiven, there is no more need for a sacrifice to pay for sins.”
If you have been forgiven by God, why are you still sacrificing your joy, your peace and your freedom for sins that Christ has already sacrificed himself for? Why are you still trying to pay for your own sins?