The ugly Christmas sweater 

  
As humans, justification is the one thing that we are always looking for. We are always trying to justify our actions whether good or bad. We feel the need to say that we are “sorry” even if we don’t know what we’ve done. 

As someone who has grown up in the church, I’ve known my entire life that God loves me. I’ve always known that He sent His son to die for me so that I am no longer counted a sinner.
 As I began to grow, I began to fully understand the depth and reality of this love. It has become clear to me that my ultimate justification came when Christ died on the cross for me. 
We say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”(you read that in a southern accent didn’t you?) 
All jokes aside, when we say this we are claiming to be sinners. Yes, as humans we were born with a sin nature, but when we accept, believe, and confess that Jesus is our savior, we are no longer counted as sinners. Although we still sin here and there, “sinner” is no longer our title. Our title is “redeemed child of God“. Jesus broke the bondage of titles and everything else on the cross. 
Here’s the catch, we have to accept it. It was a gift. This is the best gift God has given us.
Wanna hear a shocking reality?
Remember that ugly Christmas sweater that your grandma gave you for Christmas? 
We wear that sweater more than we use the gifts God has given us
God gave us the gift of justification and eternal life with Him but we don’t do anything with it. 
These gifts are SO much better than that Christmas sweater. 
Gifts are given for a reason, and that’s not to be just set to the side. 
So go. Use your gift. Because you are no longer labeled a sinner. You are a redeemed child of God
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