In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the Bible reads that we are “new creations” if we are followers of Christ. Have you ever wondered about the way God feels about you? We can be very hard on ourselves at times. We often struggle with our identity. This week, we’ll turn to God’s Word to find out how He views us and how we can find our identity in Him.
“For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”
Psalm 103:11-12, NLT
Do you ever struggle with guilt and regret? When we line up our lives with God’s perfect and holy nature, our ugly sin is evident. It’s true . . . we are broken. We make mistakes. We hurt other people. We fall way short of perfection. We need a Savior.
Admitting that we are sinful and need a Savior is the first step on the path to forgiveness. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price for 100 percent of the sins every person has committed. He victoriously rose from the grave and conquered death for the benefit of every single person. Everything that needs to be done for your salvation has already been accomplished. All you need to do is respond to the gift He freely offers. Praise the Lord because He offers us salvation and forgiveness!
Once we accept God and become followers of Christ, His blood covers our sins. We are forgiven and our sins are erased. So, does that mean we’ll never remember those sins or experience guilt? Not in my experience. Even though I know I’m forgiven, I still struggle with believing my mistakes are too big. What if I messed up God’s plan for my life? The enemy plants lies and questions in my mind such as, “Do you really think God can forgive that sin?”
If you struggle with regret, remember that God is enough. He is bigger than our sin. Jesus conquered death so that we could live with freedom, not regret. We need to let our regrets rest with God so we can live in the present.
Remember the truth of God’s word. 1 John 1:9 (NIV) reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Our God is faithful, and He keeps His promises. In His eyes, we are as white as snow.
Today, remember that you are forgiven and redeemed. If you’re a believer, God has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west. If you haven’t yet accepted God’s free gift of salvation, He is standing at the door. You only need to answer.