“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 ESV
“You are not damaged goods” is a phrase I have heard many times before, yet there are some days where I can’t help but buy into the lie that I should be labeled as such. I don’t understand why sexual sin is so hushed in many Christian circles, especially with the bombardment of sexual perverseness in our culture today. It is something that needs to be talked about, fought against, and put into Biblical perspective. I used to get super secretive when it came to having my sexual sin exposed, and it festered in the dark. I felt ashamed, I felt used, I felt guilty, and I felt like God could never redeem me after I had “messed up” in the biggest of ways. The shame grew and grew, and I began to believe I wasn’t good enough to be a Christian anymore, to live a life radically following the Lord. What was my future husband going to think? What did God think of me now? I had back slid so much, and now what was the point?
I wallowed in my self-pity, and what I thought was lowliness was actually turning into hardcore pride. I didn’t feel good enough, and I wasn’t trusting in the truth the Scriptures provided. I didn’t believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross and had a false view of who God really is. Sisters, if you have sinned sexually, you are in no way, shape, or form damaged goods. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that because of the sacrificial death of Jesus, we bear the righteousness of Christ. No sin we commit or have committed is stronger than the grace, forgiveness, and righteousness of God. The Scriptures tell us that we desperately need saving because of how wicked our hearts are (Romans 3:23). We are told as sinners, we have no hope in canceling out our sin by our own doings. Instead, we have Jesus, who freely extends His saving grace which purifies us from all of our unrighteousness (Romans 3:24). This is good news! Because of Christ, we can put to death our sinfulness and trust that we are loved, cherished, and pursued by a God whose grace is never-ending. Soli Deo Gloria.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness and many mercies. Thank You for the Gospel, and thank You for loving me so unconditionally. Humble me, Lord, and teach me to rely on You for sanctification. Help me live a life of radical Christianity that is faith based not works based. You alone are my righteousness. Amen.
Do you struggle with feelings of unworthiness? Meditate on 1 Peter 2:24, and know because of Christ, you are worthy. He is your righteousness. Rest in that truth and rejoice.