I said an accidental cuss word the other day. I didn't mean to. Nothing happened, and I don't know why I said it. It was like, when you laugh and give gas on accident. I know that's not very lady like, but hey, it just happens.
So, I'm alone with my thoughts and confusions on why I said this random bad word for absolutely no reason, and then it came to me:
We all have bad stuff inside of us. We don't mean to. It just happens. And though we try so hard to stay in control and keep things under wraps, every now and then, bad stuff comes out. Every now and then, we find out that we really are flawed humans and that we aren't in control.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” ~Psalm 51:5
Contrary to cultural belief, we are not born innocent. Nope. We're born bad....Bad to the Bone! None of us are exempt. None of us are perfect, but all of us are loved!
In my quiet time, maybe a year ago, these words were laid on my heart and I repeat this slogan to myself very often: "Loved is the "new" Perfect"! And it is. Because without love, we'd all be in trouble. Without God's love, we'd have no hope for perfection.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" ~Romans 5:8
Christ died for my cuss word. He forgave me the moment I asked Him to. He also died for my vanity, my dishonesty, my lack of self-control, my stubborn rebellion, and so many other issues that I'm either not aware of or I haven't experienced yet. He died for all of your issues, too. The Bible calls these issues "sin". We all have it and deep down, we know it. But, sadly, we discredit God's love when we insist that we are "fine". When we refuse to admit that we are wrong or that we have problems or that we've messed up.
"I don't need your love, God" our egos scream in defiance. "I'm doing just fine. I don't have any issues, I don't have any problems", we say. "No Regrets!", our culture cries, but see, if you aren't regretful, then you aren't sorry, and if you aren't sorry, how can you receive forgiveness?
Human beings have outstanding self perceptions. Our imaginations take us beyond what is sometimes reality and our egos often sway our mentalities into trusting more of ourselves than we should. It's not always a bad thing. Imagination and confidence can be wonderful gifts and our ideas often propel us to reach for more- pushing us into impossible situations that ultimately lead us into growth and exciting experiences. Take those who climb Mt. Everest , for example. That is insane. Seriously. Who really stood at the base of that mountain, looked up as far as he could see, and said, "Hmmm... I think I want to climb that today."
People are crazy! lol... But it's the brave and determined, with the right amount of ego, that turn their imaginations into reality. The problem however, occurs when our self-confidence blinds us and causes us to believe that failure isn't an option. Failure is more than an option... its inevitable.
We all mess up. Even those of us who are most prepared and most ready and most experienced with the best of intentions and the greatest resources. Our accomplishments will never erase the mere fact that we are sinners. We are flawed and imperfect, but Jesus still calls us "Beloved".
We each desire an existence without boundaries, but we are all bounded to sin, until we accept God's love, through Jesus, which is the forgiveness of our imperfections. We want to believe we are in control. We want others to believe that we have it all together, but if this were true, I wouldn't have said a cuss word at random. If you were in control, you wouldn't have maxed out your credit card, or lied to your boss, or slept over with that guy again, or drank too much last night or cry when you're alone. You wouldn't worry so much or be envious of others or angry all the time. You see, imperfection isn't just all around us, it's in us. Only Jesus can separate it from us.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and
purify us from all unrighteousness" ~1 John 1:9
So much of who we are is covered up by hiding and pretending that we are more than we are. We want to pretend that we're "ok" and we wear facades for other people to see. We claim to be "Real Ones", but we aren't. This is why, according to a study discussed on Forbes, many people develop depression as a result of high levels of social media usage. "The exposure to highly idealized representations on social media elicits distorted beliefs that others lead happier, more successful lives," the study stated. But the reality remains the same: no matter what we perceive in others, or even in ourselves, we are all imperfect and we are all in need of God's love and forgiveness to erase what we are trying to hide.
Many of you already know this. Maybe you're skimming this article, thinking, "Katrina, I already know this!" And that's cool. But knowing it and living it are two different things. We can know we are imperfect, but that's only half the point. We can know we are loved, but that is only half the point, as well. But to grasp and live out the whole truth that we are loved in our imperfection....wow! That's incredible! It's divine and supernatural! Because in our depths, we reject imperfections; we only want what is perfect - we only want what is always good and always positive and always fun and always beneficial. We don't like to get sick. We don't like to be broke. We don't like confrontation. We don't like being wrong. We don't like to cry. We don't like to be uncomfortable. But God, in His holy perfection, chose to love us in the places where others are unable to. In your imperfect, messed up, sin filled life, God desires to love you, through Jesus, and trade your imperfections for His perfection. This is the beauty of the Gospel. This is the miraculous love of God!
Jesus invites each of us into this love relationship with Him. In Him, we have hope for perfection. And though we will definitely fall and fail, His love covers it all, every time- no questions asked. It first begins with admitting that you need Him. It first begins with admitting that you're flawed. In doing so, His love will rush inward and outward in you. His love will take you from flawed and into true love and victory over every imperfection that lies active or dormant in you heart....even accidental cuss words.
You are perfectly loved and that is worth rejoicing over! If you've never received Jesus into your life, or if you feel you'd like to re-invite Him in, I encourage you to please do so and email me and let me know all about it!
I'm cheering you on and I hope you will do the same for me!
#BeTheShe who knows she's loved!