1 John 1:9
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
What type of secrets are stashed in your closet? What type of skeletons do you have lurking around the corners of your mind? Don't look so skeptical. We all have them. Sometimes they lie so deep we push them aside and forget about them for a spell. Other times, when we meet some new that we share a kinship, and we open up and share. Nonetheless, they lie there stagnant waiting for the next confession.
It seems no matter how hard we try, they stay as old remnants in the darkest spaces of our being, tucked away waiting for release from time to time. Maybe you've made some serious mistakes; you've done some things that weren't the best for your life, and now you're living in guilt, condemnation, or with a sense of of disqualification. You will remain trapped in those doldrums unless you learn how to receive God's mercy and forgiveness, and move on with your life.
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in the closet, you better teach it to dance" - George Bernard Shaw
What does "dancing" with your skeletons mean? It means acceptance and understanding of how those mistakes helped shape who you are today. Figuring out ways to free ourselves from secrets puts our focus on the future instead of in the past - which we can't change anyway. Accepting ourselves - all of ourselves - is what it's all about.
Rehab was a prostitute, yet God used her to help deliver the children of Israel. Nobody has gone too far, no matter what he's done. You need to know that God still loves you. He has a great plan for your life; he has not run out of mercy. If you have asked his forgiveness, God has already forgiven you. The questions is, "Will you forgive yourself? Will you quit living in guilt and condemnations? Will you let the past be the past and live today in an attitude of faith and victory?
Are you living in guilt and condemnation because of your past mistakes? Take a moment now and let all that go. You can't do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now. If you made mistakes, ask for forgiveness and then move on. God still has a great future for you.
This Week's Meditation:
I will not hold grievances as an attack on God's plan for my salvation.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. If you are especially upset state:
I will be the light. Darkness is not my will.
Remind yourself of healing each moment. God has you in his arms always.