Devo: Innocent, I am not

By Lydia Sellers

We all want to feel innocent. It’s a plain fact. I don’t think it’s bad. No, it’s very good that we have this desire because God desires to purify us. In fact, he sent his one and only Son to pay the penalty for our sins just so we may be covered, innocent, forgiven, and ultimately, reunited with Him.

Adam and Eve walked in innocence with God before the fall. God designed it that way; it was His plan. We get frustrated with ourselves so easily. I even get hateful towards myself for making mistakes, for being selfish. Though it’s clearly important for us to know how we’ve wronged God, God never intended for us to dwell on it. The purpose of the cross was freedom and unity, not condemnation and worry. The God of the universe chose to make each and every one of us. . . just because he wanted to. . . just because He is good and loves us. The Lord is Love.

“Let there now be no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2

Innocent isn’t a word I use to describe myself. I judge myself and others, and then judge myself again because I judged others. But God didn’t intend for us to dwell in a cycle of poisonous guilt. It’s okay to be whole! It’s okay to forgive . . .even yourself. It’s okay to love so much, to trust God so much, that you aren’t afraid of your mistakes. Mistakes are bound to happen, but God remains the same. Our successes aren’t our own; therefore, no one should be disappointed when we fail. God is in control.

It’s time to forget your worries, forget your troubles, forget your sorrows, and forget your pain in the light of the one who takes away wickedness.

My prayer for you and me: We may fully trust God to be exactly who He says He Is.

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