Sometimes we feel so stuck by our past mistakes or focused on the mistakes of others, and we forget about redemption.
We are too quick to label people. Do you know what drives me crazy?
Seeing hateful memes on social media, memes that box people in and beat people down.
For example, the “once a …” phrases…
Once a liar, always a liar.
Once a cheater, always a cheater.
Once a quitter, always a quitter.
Um, hello! Where’s the forgiveness, the redemption, and the hope? What kind of hope is being given when someone posts, shares, or likes statements like that above? Seriously! Think about it. Every time you sin, screw up, or do something stupid, do you want to be labeled by it? I sure don’t. Do you want someone assuming that whatever it was you did wrong you are going to keep doing for the rest of your life? No, thank you.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
We have all sinned. All of us. We get that part, right? Many of us have heard Romans 3:23 time and time again. But, we don’t usually hear the next verse.
We have been redeemed. We don’t have to walk around wearing our sins or mistakes as labels. Imagine seeing people walking around with the labels liar, cheater, quitter, thief. Now, could that possibly save us from getting involved with some dangerous people? Yes. However, if you looked at your own labels from past mistakes, would they scare people away too?
A lot of people would avoid people for the things they did in their past. They may have spent the last twenty years doing all they can to be a better person though. So, let’s stop with the labels.
Don’t let this world tell you who you are always going to be and don’t do it to others.
Rip off the labels!