“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 who won’t let you forget what you did in your past or who you used to be. Paul had the same problem. He once persecuted the church and imprisoned many believers. He was a bad man, but God completely turned his life around. However, people around him weren’t so easily convinced of the change that had taken place within him.
The only way we can overcome the hurt of people’s judgement is by 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 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. With God’s help, you can do the same.
You are not your past. You are not your failure. You are a testimony to God’s amazing grace! God will fight for you and will show Himself strong in your life. He will heal all the pain caused by the judgement of others and He will give you a word specially tailored to reach those who are going through the same thing God delivered you from.
Look yourself in the mirror and say, “Goodbye old me and hello new creature in Christ Jesus! I am not my past. I am not my mistakes. I’m a daughter of God and I identify myself with His grace. His grace is in full operation in my life and I act like it. I walk like it, I talk like it, and I live like it! In Jesus name!”