I came across this thought to day from Pastor Steven Furtick!
It’s not uncommon for people to label you by your mistakes and shortcomings.
Take Thomas, for example. He expressed some doubt one time, and forever became known as “Doubting Thomas.” We should probably cut the guy some slack — he was trying to wrap his mind around the idea that Jesus had risen from the dead. Not exactly everyday stuff. Besides, he only doubted for a week! He was a believer for the rest of his life!
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you’ve done a few things you’re not proud of, and some people have given you some labels you would prefer to live without. Maybe you’ve given the labels to yourself.
I want to let you know today that you can live without them. You are not the sum of your mistakes. Only the Creator has the right to label you. And His Word says:
- You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
- You are justified and redeemed (Romans 3:24).
- You are loved (Colossians 3:12).
If you want to peel off those old labels, this is where it must start. You don’t have to be what people have said you are, or what you feel like. In Christ, you are a new creation.