Sad Many people walk around with chains around their wrists or ankles, enslaved to something. The chains weigh the person down, although they try not to let it show. They either hold on to a past regret because it is still effecting their lives today or because they just can’t seem to let go of it.

  • Frustration over a fight with a parent, child, sibling, relative, or friend.
  • A marriage that turned into a divorce
  • A broken promise
  • Cheating on a test
  • Taking credit for something that wasn’t your idea

The list goes on and on with an unending amount of possibilities. We hold on to our sins, our baggage, and strap them to ourselves allowing them to weigh us down. We hear Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and take it to heart. We recognize our sin and hold on to it, remorseful and ashamed, as we should be.

We cry out to God “Be merciful to me, a poor sinful being” and hear the gospel – “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more (Isaiah 43:25)”. We repent asking for forgiveness and rejoice because “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free (Galatians 5:1a)”. But are we really free?

So many of us aren’t, not because we haven’t been freed, but because, although God has forgiven and forgotten our sins, we haven’t. So many of us recount our sins in our heads and fill our minds with regret and guilt. We insist on keeping the chains bound around us as we remember screaming at our child, being jealous about our friend’s new car, lying about where we went with our friends, amongst other things. We repent and God blots out our sins, yet, we don’t. We often cling to them as if they are a part of our identity, placing the chains back around our wrists until it appears we can free ourselves from them.

Brothers and sisters, the chains have been removed. It makes no sense to enslave ourselves with what Christ has already taken. It is important to learn from our past, but that does not mean we have to hold on to it. Our past does not define who we are, God defines who we are and that is His chosen one – His precious and holy child who has been fearfully and wonderfully made.

Praise be to the one who blots out our sins and claims us as His own, not because of what we have done, but because of what Jesus has done for us.

Written By: Lindsey Duerr, DCE