Daily Delight

Sunday, March 6, 2016

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. –Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)

When you look at yourself in the mirror what do you see? Do you see the shame of your past? Do you replay those dark moments again and again until the shame becomes too much? And then do you become drunk on this shame, telling yourself you are not worth anything good?

Because you failed and sinned. Because you have a past that you would rather not think about.

And when the yelling in your head finally stops, what happens? Do you shut the lights off and climb into bed with tears falling down and real life nightmares playing on a loop? 

Because you failed. 
Beautiful sister, yes. You sinned and you fell. You messed up. Maybe you messed up big time. 

But beautiful sister, you are more than the darkness. Why? 

Because of grace.

Jesus does not care about your past. He does not care about all the baggage you carry around with you. (He already has that covered.)

He just cares about you. 

He loves the you that He formed before you were born.

And the you that stands in front of the bathroom mirror with tears falling down your face and shame in your heart because He loves all of you. (Even the messy mysteries that cover you from head to toe.)

Sister, no longer let shame define who you are. 

There is a beautiful song called “How He Loves” by the David Crowder Band. In this song the singer exclaims what he feels towards God.

And heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way
Oh, how He loves us
This song speaks truth.

Sister, no longer let shame define who you are.  Let God’s love for you destroy any scheme of sin that still stitches itself to your heart because God’s love is bigger, greater than anything you have ever done or ever will do.

When you find yourself in front of the bathroom mirror after a long and particularly horrible day, let Jesus love you. And as you smile at your reflection, you whisper a prayer of thanks for the grace that Jesus gives because He loves you.

{photo: @bethno13}

                     About the Author

Rachel Van Curen≫ ≫Rachel, originally from Indiana, is currently studying in Arkansas at Harding University. Rachel loves photography, water coloring, writing poetry, and reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. Rachel dreams of one day traveling the world and sharing the love of Jesus with every person she meets. You can read more of Rachel’s thoughts at gentlywhole.weebly.com and find her on Instagram at @rachelvancurenn.


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