A long shapeless dress with flats, no makeup or shapely well fitted garment with a cinched belt and a modicum of makeup enhancing one’s features? Hmmm, which one does she choose?
The difference in selection could stem from the difference in her understanding of how God feels about a sinner’s past.
I listen to Joyce Meyer often and one of her many messages resonates with me. She expresses that there is a difference between conviction and condemnation. I’ve looked it up in the dictionary and from the best I could see, they were synonymous.
However, the Bible says (may be kinda paraphrasing here) that there is therefore NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Ok then. Then why doesn’t conviction fall into that category?
A revelation hit this evening: when a person feels convicted of sins they can repent and apologize of them, releasing them into God’s forgiveness because Christ Jesus has already paid the cost for the sin. The slate is wiped clean!
Weeeeeell, when the person has repented and been forgiven yet still feels burdened, they feel condemned. As if the forgiveness never came – that Christ was not sacrificed on the cross for them – that they have to pay further penance for their sin. (Now that isn’t to say consequences may not be exacted, but penance is different. Another blog for another day mayhap?)
With that being said, a woman or girl who committed sins in her past, repents of them but feels condemned may try to hide herself in shapeless clothes and no enhancements of any sort. She may attempt to stay in the background not wanting to attract attention lest her past sins come to light, condemning her, bringing her the feeling of shame, again.
The great thing about Christ’s love is that once she realizes and accepts that through her conviction, she repented; and that her sins were forgiven, her slate wiped clean, she may then finally realize that she is free to move on, move forward.
She is free to wear the shapely garment with the cinched belt, jewelry and a touch or two of makeup (in other words: strive to look her best), understanding that there’s no reason to hide, God has her in His embrace and has a guided path for her to follow, full of abundance, peace and gracious love. She is the apple of His eye! 😀
Any feelings of condemnation are from Satan trying to keep her bound, so as not to enjoy the abundant life, Christ died to give her.
Recognizing this is freeing, makes the day brighter – life less about coping or sliding under the radar and more about fulfilling the path God has for her.
Yaaay!!! Thank you Jesus!