“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
In life, there are some people that won’t let you forget what you did and who you used to be. Whether you were addicted to pain pills, were an ex-convict, or a lesbian, or an alcoholic, there are some people who will remind you constantly of your old self. Paul had the same problem with people not forgetting who he used to be. He once persecuted the church and imprisoned many believers. He was a bad man, but God changed his life around. However, people around him weren’t so easily convinced of the change that had taken place within him. Sometimes all people can see is your mistakes, and not the grace of God on your life.
The only thing that can overcome the pain of people’s judgement is you learning to do the same thing Paul did. He identified himself with the grace of God. He stated, “By the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” God’s grace is more than undeserved favor. It is His divine influence upon your heart and it’s reflection in your life. When Paul looked in the mirror, he didn’t see his past, he saw God’s grace. And that’s what we must do as believers who have been saved and delivered from all sorts of problems.
You are not your past. You are not your failures. You are a testimony of God’s amazing grace! And God will fight for you. He will show Himself strong in you. He will remove all fear caused by the fears of others. He will give you a word of reconciliation that is specially tailored to reach those who are going through the same thing God delivered you from. So, you stay encouraged and keep your head up! You are a beautifully graced woman of God!
Challenge: Look in the mirror and say, “Goodbye old me. Goodbye to all fear. I identify myself with the grace of God. It is in full operation in my life. I am a new creature in Christ and I act like it. I walk like it. I talk like it. I am a beautifully graced woman of God!”