This morning I read some Scriptures in Hebrews and came across this: "Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers." (Hebrews 2:11 New International Version) My eyes landed on "not ashamed to call them brothers". Jesus is not ashamed of me. Even when I blow it. Even when I repeat a sin--making all manner of excuse to justify my actions--after I've been convicted by His Spirit and confessed and asked for forgiveness yet again, He is still not ashamed to call me His own. It is hard for me to fathom. Even I can get so disgusted and disappointed in myself that I can convince myself He must feel the same. He doesn't!! He loves us! He may discipline us until we turn and confess and repent, but once we do, He forgives.
I came across these words this morning, too--"may your love and your truth always protect me." (Psalm 40:11 New International Version) I so got that this morning. Without His love and His Truth--the Truth that sets me free--I am unprotected and vulnerable. I can get locked into negative thoughts and convincing lies. I praise you, Lord, this afternoon, for you have set me free once more from my condemning thoughts and made me feel secure in You!
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