To the girl who thinks God won’t forgive you,

I see you, the one sick with regret. You can’t take back the words that have damaged relationships to a point that seems beyond repair.

I see you, the one feeling weak and defeated. That same sin you keep vowing to turn from has gripped you once again, perpetually hurting the very ones you love the most.

I see you, the one exhausted from the cover up. You’ve spent your whole life working so hard to conceal what you’ve done in the dark, fearing that the light will expose and ruin you.

I see you, the one shackled by shame. You’re imprisoned by that costly decision made all those years ago; the one that brought death and heartache instead of the life and freedom they promised.

I see you, the one weighed down by emptiness. Your pursuit of the idols of this world have kept you running from God and constantly coming up short. You’re wondering if there’s something more. Surely there has to be more to this life.

You think it’s over – that somehow there isn’t a place for you if you can’t scrape up something good to bring to the table.

“If you only knew what I’ve done,” you say.

You think God couldn’t possibly forgive you for that.

You need to hear that God isn’t looking for perfection. He’s looking for a heart fully surrendered. Jesus came not just for the murderers and thieves. He came for the proud, the gossip, the idolator, and for every last hidden thought and motive that makes us cringe at the thought of exposure. He came for the ones who thought they only needed Him from afar; for the ones who thought that with enough striving they could get by on their own.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

You can stop striving, girl. 

Instead… abide. Remember that it’s not about the perfect cover up. It’s about exposing our need to His perfect solution. We can search and try and look in a million other places, but nothing else will ever satisfy like Jesus. He loves like no other, He forgives like no other, He provides peace and hope and joy and freedom like no other. No more exhaustion on your own strength. Lean in close and rest in the embrace of the One who has already done it all.

You think God won’t forgive you for that? Don’t you dare listen to those lies.

Jesus’ mercy transforms what the world calls too broken. His grace overflows, smoothing the rough edges and channeling our thorns into great purpose and humble service for Him… if we’ll only let Him. His power equips the weak and strengthens the weary. God uses the most unlikely because our stories reveal His glory.

Are you exhausted under the work and weight of it all?

Listen, it’ll never be about performance. Instead, let your life be marked by worship for the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; the One who lifts burdens and guilt and shame at the mention of His name. Worthy is that Lamb – Friend to sinners; the One who rescued you and refines you; the One who never, ever changes.

 “I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” – Isaiah 43:25

Child of God, He says, “I am He,” – the one who blots out your sin – and you’d better believe that He means it.

He’s the only Way;

The only TRUTH.

He’s the Life that your empty soul longs for.

Embrace His amazing grace – the One who fully forgives, and then remembers your sins no more…

At His feet,

 

 

*Let’s talk: When we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive us!! Let’s spend time praising Him today for all He’s done!

 

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