A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 29
We have been justified by His blood. Romans 5:9
We have redemption through His blood. Ephesians 1:7
I blamed my father for most everything negative in my life. After all, aren’t parents supposed to be kind, generous, loving and placing their children first? Yes and no. Not every parent is whole enough to be all those things to their children, as each one is in a different stage of healing and growing up themselves. But still, I expected perfection from my father. He was older, wiser and stronger than me. I held him up as the one who should take all the blame for my messed-up life and for a while that worked for me.
Then one day I heard God whisper these words, “It is true, Steve, you did not have a perfect father, but you were never a perfect son and you, yourself, are not a perfect father.” God was confronting me, kindly and with His truth. I decided that day the blame game was over and that Jesus’ prescription to me read, “Forgive as you have been forgiven.” It was the only way forward and it would be the only way I would really find God as my heavenly Father and not project upon Him that imperfect image of my earthy father.
God is the perfect Father. He loves us perfectly. He forgives us perfectly. He disciplines us perfectly. He has our best interest in mind. God created a perfect garden within a perfect world. He created mankind and placed him there with the perfect job. He then created the perfect life mate and by Genesis three they were walking away from Him. Not long after that, in Genesis four, Adam’s and Eve’s son committed murder when in a fit of rage Cain killed Abel.
If we find ourselves becoming hurt over and over, we are very effectively creating a cycle of hurt and pain within ourself. We must, according to God’s word, “put off” this “earthly nature” from the ways we “used to walk,” receiving hurt after hurt, and “put on” our “new self…the image of [our] Creator.” “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (See Colossians 3:1-14.)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.(I John 3:1-3)
Our identity must guide who we are becoming and with this new identity we have new authority, so that everything we say and do flows out of our identity in Christ. This is the goal of God in our lives and the goal of our life in God. This then is where it all ends, “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” (I John 3:2,3)
We shall be like Him. We shall walk in His identity, His life and His purpose. There is no greater life to be lived than the one life in which we know who we are and Who we serve, Jesus Christ Son of God.
Question for reflection:
In what ways have you cast blame on certain others for your imperfections?
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