March 17, 2022

Laurel Cavazos
“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died— more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
Romans 8:33-35

I read these verses and am reminded of my own resurrection story. For so long, I lived every day, every moment covered with guilt and shame. I couldn’t seem to move past it; it engulfed me. All I could do was see myself by my sins, and that became my identity. There was this loud voice in my head that told me I messed up and I would never be worthy of anything.

But in the same moment, I could also hear a small voice. Over time I began to listen to that smaller voice. That voice said: you are forgiven, you are loved, and your identity is not found in your mistakes. That still small voice I grew to recognize as the Lord’s.

The more I listened to his voice, the louder it became. I am so encouraged by these verses because it reminds me that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God. In the moments when I thought I was too far from him, he was sitting next to me. When all I could see in myself was shame, he showed me that my true identity wasn’t found in my mistakes but in Him. Because of him, I get to walk in new life free from guilt and shame. I get to live this new life knowing I am completely forgiven and deeply loved.