From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:16-17 ESV)
One day as I was leaving my bedroom to head to work, I walked past the long mirror and noticed an odd lump on the side of my hip. Stopping, I turned and looked straight on. Sure enough, my left hip looked lumpy.
I figured it was better to be a minute late for work then to arrive looking lopsided so I went back into the well-lit bathroom to take a look.
Turning up the long top, I was surprised to see a rather substantial label sticking out right at the spot that rested on the widest part of my body. Yeah. Thanks for that, skinny designer. I quickly cut it off and headed out – late but a little less lumpy.
Years ago when my oldest daughter, Tia, was two-years-old, she would absolutely freak out whenever a label rubbed against her neck or back. We would have to trim...and trim...and trim again to make her clothes bearable. (As a result, years later when Mia was born, we didn’t know what size any of the hand-me-downs were.)
Labels, whether sewn on clothes or borne on our souls, can be hard to take. I struggled for years with lies and names placed on my heart by others before I broke free. Ladies, we need to uncover and cut off things from our pasts that cause us to see ourselves as anything but the new and special creation Our Father says we are.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)
Anything that anyone has said to us or about us, we need to take captive (I like to say handcuff) to the Lord and ask Him to take away the negative, hurtful voices and messages from our pasts.
Because none of us should be walking around with lumpy hearts.
Father, thank You that You have made us new. Help us to take captive any lies or labels from the enemy and give them to You to deal with. May we see ourselves through Your loving eyes . . . cleansed and made new by the blood of Jesus. Amen.
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