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Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
These scriptures have been rolling through my mind for two weeks now. During that time I received correction from the Lord. I was embarrassed, ashamed and wanted to hide under a shell. I could hardly handle the weight of the emotions I felt. Ridiculous perfectionism! Argh!
Meanwhile — I had God’s Word swirling through my heart.
Yesterday, our sweet daughter had to learn a hard lesson. I don’t share these things to expose her, but to help others. I also have my blog printed into books so that she will have these posts to read some day …
When I picked my child up from school, her sweet teacher notified me that my daughter’s bear had been flipped to RED. In her Kindergarten class, the students start out with a green bear each day.
It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
Even if the children made bad choices the day before, each morning new mercy is shown — just as we have.
Our daughter has almost finished the first half of the year with NO flips. Her bear has remained on green. Most offenses would flip the bear to yellow (a warning). The next step for a second warning would be red. After two warnings, the bear goes to purple which means a visit to the principal. So for my daughter’s first offense, her bear went immediately to RED. She was more than mortified.
The bears are on the wall at the front of the classroom. Each student notices the bears that are flipped. The children feel embarrassment and shame. Especially those who are tender like my daughter. Some may be calloused and more hard-hearted — but she always wanted to please us and this was MAJOR.
As soon as the doors shut in the carpool line she burst into tears. She had been so brave and strong all morning to hold in the tears. Bless her heart. All of the kids in her class kept telling her, “YOUR BEAR IS RED! YOUR BEAR IS RED!” She was so embarrassed and ashamed. Not to mention the fear of what her Daddy and I were going to say.
From the moment she began to cry, I tried to comfort her. I told her that NONE of us are perfect. Each of us make mistakes.
It was a great time to share lessons about GOD’S GRACE and even grace with one another. The teacher forgave her and hugged her. She was very kind, but my daughters offense (though was just allowing her eyes to wander) called for a RED bear.
Again … THEREFORE THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.
Ah, we all need Jesus.
When I awakened this morning, I felt a spirit of fear in our home. I felt fear and anxiety. I bound those spirits and commanded them to leave our home! I later discovered WHY I felt them in our home. Our sweet daughter had been entertaining them. When I began to lay out her clothes, the tears flowed. It took some coaxing and a lot of talking, but I finally convinced our daughter to get dressed for school. She did NOT want to face her friends and teachers again. I guess in her mind she was no longer “perfect” in their eyes and was now tainted. (For what the law was powerless do to because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.)
I haven’t received a phone call, so I am assuming today is going smoothly for our precious daughter. She is such a good girl and is such a pleasure to us and all who meet her. I hate this happened, but I pray God will use this for His glory.
Are you unable to forgive yourself? Are you tormented by perfectionism even though logically you know you CAN’T be perfect?
Remember, there is NO condemnation through Christ. His mercies are new every morning!
We are ALL going to fail, but there is hope! His Name is Jesus. God sent Him to be a sin offering for us.
What timely verses!
Have a blessed day Everyone!
(Photo at top is of our daughter enjoying some of our last grapes.)