“For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God,”. Ephesians 1:7
Clients will often come in and tell me of the terrible sins of their past. I am often asked
how I view them in light of the darkness they have shared. With only one exception, I have been able to call out the light in others regardless of the confession I have heard. The exception wouldn’t make a confession despite all the evidence stacked against him.
I’ve worked with people who have killed their children or others. I’ve worked with people who have abused and neglected children, spouses, or vulnerable adults. I’ve worked with liars, theives, drug dealers, and many other types of sins. If they are taking ownership of their actions, I can respect that.
I see past it, because God saw past my sin. God’s word says:
“But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9
Confession leads to forgiveness. The blood of Christ has set them free. Their sins are forgiven. And although the sins may be different from mine, we are all saved by
the same grace. So I can call out who Christ has made them to be.
God has blessed me with the ability to find the strengths in others. I can see the things hidden behind the mask of pain. Most people have good inside of them, even if they have buried it deep inside . Or built a fortress of protection around the good traits because in the past their goodness has been exploited.
I want people to walk in the freedom that Christ’s blood provides. He set them free. Who am I to hold them captive by their past mistakes? I want that same grace for myself and know that I often bind myself with to my past sin.
I know why people come to me with “How do you see me?” When I start to focus too much on my own sin, I look at myself as the worst sinner. Apostle Paul did too.
“This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them,”
1 Timothy 1:15
People are looking to a person to tell them they are not as bad as they see themselves. It is hard to believe that a Holy God can see past our sin. The facts are God doesn’t see our sin, God sees the blood of Christ and righteousness.
Lord, I thank You that the blood of Jesus Js set me free. I receive Your forgiveness and grace. Help me to refuse to be bound again by the lies of the enemies, my own inability to receive or others opinions. I pray that You would help me, and every person that You have given me influence towards to see ourselves through Your eyes.
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