*Cue Jumping up and Down and Smiling inside….*
I am SO excited to share a guest post with you from one of my favorite recovery bloggers at ‘Beauty Beyond Bones.’ This girl has encouraged me numerous times by her love for Jesus, her grasp of scripture, and her walk with the Lord. I want you can be encouraged by this heartfelt reminder of why you are never too broken for the power of the great Healer, Jesus Christ, who came to ‘call sinners, not the righteous to repentance.’
Guest Post: You are Never Too Broken
When Emily approached me to guest blog on her site, I was absolutely honored. I have so loved getting to know this beautiful warrior through her blog posts and I honestly feel like I know her heart. Her love for our Creator radiates through her words and beams from her gorgeous smile. So, thank you, Emily, for having me on here!
And I hope to get to know you, reading this! I’d love to connect on IG (@Beauty.Beyond.Bones or through my site!) xx
So anyways, let’s jump right in.
Maybe some of you are feeling stuck in that place. I know I was stuck there for a long, long time: Not feeling like I deserved forgiveness. Feeling too dirty and guilty to be loved.
There’s a story in the Bible of the woman caught in adultery. Many people believe this woman was Mary Magdalene, but it never actually identifies the woman’s identity. And I kind of like that, because it allows me to see myself as this woman.
Let me say that again: they would throw rocks at her until she died.
This is such a comforting image, of Jesus, stooping down to pick up the broken, guilty woman.
Condemn means: to express an unfavorable judgement on; indicate strong disapproval of; to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment; to declare incurable.
He didn’t say, “I’m not going to judge you right now, but just don’t come back, ‘cuz tomorrow it’ll be a different story.” It wasn’t, “Oh, you’re catching me on a good day…I’ll give you a free pass..today.” No, it was, “I don’t condemn you.”
We are all broken and hurting individuals. We all have pain and imperfections. We are all that woman in the dirt. We don’t have to wear a mask to cover that up. We don’t have to pretend that we’ve got it all together. We have nothing to hide, because Jesus already paid the price for everything we’re hiding behind the mask – for everything we’re covering up when we say, “I’m fine.”
“Then neither do I condemn you. Go, and leave your life of sin.”
You are never too broken sisters and brothers… <3
In Mark 2:16-17 Jesus had such a powerful answer for those who accused Him of eating with those who were ‘dirty’ and ‘sinful.’ This passage reminds me of the AWESOME wonder of His amazing salvation!
“And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”