“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.”
Recently, I talked with a guy who shared some of his story with me. He mentioned he had done some things in his younger days he regretted, like flipping his car one night after drinking and driving. HIs bad decision put him in jail. It was just one of many sad episodes that resulted from his struggle with alcoholism. The shame that followed was great—yes, for himself, but mostly for what it did to his family.
When he was released from prison, he went to apologize to his mom for bringing such shame on her and the family. Her response? “Son, as long as you are in my family, you will never have to feel shame,” she said, “because I love you!” What an incredible response from an incredibly loving mother!
If a finite mother can love and forgive so well, how much more can an infinite God? “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you be your name; you are mine!” God tells us. Don’t be afraid. You’re forgiven. I claim you. You are loved. What an incredible response from an incredibly loving God!
Wherever you are today, whatever you’ve done or failed to do—shame is not the answer. Jesus is waiting for you—to welcome you, forgive you, and claim you!
Are you feeling shame or condemnation about something?
Take it to Jesus right now. He’ll love you, restore you, and claim you!
Claim Romans 8:1 over your thoughts this week:
“There is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
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