The value of words is immeasurable. They shape our lives and determine how we see the world around us. Because of their power, we need to monitor what we hear and read—and think. Christians tap into specific words of power and comfort.

Blessed. Redeemed. Forgiven.

Because of the power in words, it’s imperative for Christ followers to be on our guard against damaging words. Satan wants to destroy the lives of Christians, often using our own words against us.

Loser. Unworthy. Ashamed.

Stop the madness! Don’t let these words find residence in your heart. We all have past experiences that helped we’d wish weren’t there, but we can control which experiences define us.

Our redemption is our greatest gift. Not only does it free us from the weight of an eternity of torment, it gives us a vehicle to help others.

We’re in good company if we see our past sins for what they were. Take in the words of the Apostle Paul. He was able to look beyond his past to see how he could still shine for God:

“You know what I was like … how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.”

The greater the offense, the greater power of God’s grace. When we get down on ourselves from past mistakes, we doubt our value. That, in turn, cheapens Jesus’ gift to each of us. I remember my past sins—there’s no way around them. Harmful relationships were like a drug to me. And like someone addicted, I felt powerless against my compulsion. But when I learned after accepting Jesus as my savior that God took my sins from me, never to recall them again, I took those words to heart.

I no longer allow my sinful history to define who I am. Instead, I choose to allow Jesus’ redemption to describe me.

Beloved. Forgiven. Child of God.

Remember, the creator of the universe knows who you are. If you need scripture to point to, how about this one: And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God… Luke 12:7

Remember the power in words. And remember your place in Jesus’ heart.

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