In the passage that I quoted from Colossians [3:9], Paul says we are to strip off our old nature and put on a new nature. In other words, stop acting like who we are not and instead act like who we are.
For some reason, we tend to think that “being a Christian” means “being what I’m not.” But that’s not true. Jesus gave me a new way to be human. At the core of my being, I am holy, righteous, godly, compassionate, generous, loving and sensitive. I have a new nature, and it mirrors the God who created me.
We have to stop seeing ourselves as sinners. In heaven there is no concept of us as sinners. As far as the east is from the west, the Bible says, that is how far God has removed our sins from us. He does not remember them. When God sees us, He does not see a sinner. He sees a saint.
This is who we really are. Really.
I’m not saying that to trick you into feeling better about yourself. It is not a word game we play to justify sin. It is the good news of grace. Yes, these sins are real. But they do not define us. Anger, wrath, malice, evil words—this is not who we are. We have to view those things as intrusions. Sin is an alien, an invader, a parasite. It’s not part of God’s creation.
The real me is the righteous me, and that is more real than sin could ever be.
To save humanity, God became man in the person of Jesus. In the process, he redefined what it means to belong to the human race."
Judah Smith, Jesus Is _____. (via hislivingpoetry)