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Forgiven, Not Flawless

"Yes, I have morals and I intend to stick to them. However, I'm, unfortunately, also human."

It is easy to peg numerous stereotypes on Christians. Especially those who have had faith for awhile. Growing up as the "church-goer", I felt that my expectations were somewhat higher than others. Was I allowed to mess up? What would happen if I did? What I still be an accredited "Christian"?


You can imagine how disappointed I felt the first time I got caught lying. Or when my friend heard the unkind words I was spewing behind her back. Or the times I disappointed myself and my parents with my actions. I was a child of God. A Christian girl. How dare I behave that way?


The truth is, yes, I'm Christian. Yes, I have morals and I intend to stick to them. However, I'm, unfortunately, also human. Which translates to: I'm a sinner.


The good part? I am a sinner saved by grace. Although I make mistakes time and time again (and some of them are whoppers, let me tell ya), I have a Jesus who took my every shame to the cross so that I could be forgiven and move forward with my life. I don't deserve it, and I never will, but He extends mercy for free every single day.


How does one receive this incredible gift of forgiveness? Just ask. I mean, you have to truly be sorry for the mistake, and want to change. But a simple, "hey God, I messed up here. Please forgive me and help me through this" will make Heaven rejoice.


Want more great news? His grace is free to all. ALL. Not just Christians, or Catholics, or Protestants, or Jews. ALL. Just present yourself to Him, believe that He will forgive you, and you will receive mercy. It seems unfathomable, I know, but that's what makes it so incredible.

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-6

Coming before God can seem like an intimidating thing. Well, I'm here to tell you, it doesn't have to be. He doesn't care about fancy words, or memorized prayers. He cares about your heart. If your heart is in the right place, and you want to be free from the sin that's seemingly holding you back, then you can close your eyes, and just start talking to Him. In fact, I call Jesus "bro" sometimes. It just happens. I'm not sure how he feels about it, but it comes out in my lingo. Seriously, don't worry about wording. Just make sure your heart is in the right place, and let the words fall out however they might.


Does it sting when I mess up? Of course. But that's because Jesus convicts those He loves. I decided to follow Him since I was a little girl, and there are more expectations that come with that choice. However, that doesn't mean I can't mess up. In fact, I probably mess up more than some atheists. The difference is, I want to learn from my mistakes, and fully receive the grace that comes along with them. Once I make those mistakes, I hope to never make them again, and instead turn them into lessons. To do that, I repent and lift them before Jesus.


Be careful that you aren't quick to judge people. We are all sinners. We all mess up. And guess what? We're allowed to. This doesn't mean that you can just go off sinning and expect God to just forgive you every single time. But it does mean that when we do mess up, and we truly regret it, we can receive true, pure, and beautiful mercy.


Breathe. Move forward. Close the door to your past. Give yourself a break. You are a human. Work at it. Repent and receive mercy. Then keep walking. Your story is just beginning.


"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:22-24
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