Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1 (NLT)
Jesus bridged the gap between you and God. He came to earth and died for our sins. It was a gift. As we put our faith in Jesus, we receive the gift of God’s forgiveness. We can return to God’s family table to have communion with the Lord. That means we have a brand new identity in Christ. The old feelings of guilt can be left behind for good.
Sadly, for many people, it is tough to let those old feelings of condemnation go. They feel uneasy and stressed out whenever they try to talk to God. To them, it still feels like God can turn on them at any moment to judge or reject them. According to Henri Nouwen (an author and theologian), some of those feelings come from lies many believers still believe about their identities:*
- I am what I own.
- I am what I do.
- I am what other people say or think about me.
- I am nothing more than my worst moment to date.
- I am nothing less than my best moment to date.
It is impossible to live at peace with God and yourself when you believe such lies about who you are. It is impossible because you cannot ever feel like you have enough, do enough, be liked enough, or be good enough to earn God’s favor.
Truthfully, our identity as believers is now in Christ, and not our efforts or possessions. When Father God looks at each one of us, His children, He sees Who Jesus is and what Jesus did, and it satisfies His perfect standards. Paul wrote to the Roman church that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.**
Because of what Jesus did for us, we are free to feel the peace that now exists between God and us. It is no longer about our performance, but our acceptance of His provision in Christ Jesus. Subsequently, we are empowered in our new identity to think right, speak right, and do right.
I pray that you will sense and embrace the peace that signifies the ending of hostilities between God and man. Don’t buy the lies of the enemy. He is attempting to separate you from your true identity in Christ. Remember, God loves you. Be still, be at peace! Become convinced of and secure in God’s love for you.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38–39 (NLT)
- Look at the list of five lies we tell ourselves about our identities.
- Do you sometimes fall into the trap of believing one of those lies?
- How does it make you feel? Peaceful or conflicted?
- Remind yourself that God loves you. Nothing can separate you from God’s enduring love.
- Be still. Be at peace. God loves you.
* Excerpted on Twitter by Henri Nouwen from his Audible audiobook entitled: Who Are We? Reclaiming our Christian Identity.
** See Romans 8:1.
Article excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: