If you’ve had the pleasure of perusing my snapchat story on Monday nights, you would know that I am currently taking a class on Shakespeare, and that we are in the middle of watching Hamlet. If you haven’t had the luxury of this knowledge, you now do.
If you have no idea what I mean when I say Hamlet, let me give you some background information. Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and follows the character Hamlet, a Danish prince of a mission to prove his uncle guilty of the murder of his father, the former king. You might be in this moment, asking how did Hamlet know that his uncle was guilty and the answer to that is simple: the ghost of Hamlet’s father told him so.
You should be thoroughly confused at this point, and if you’re not confused as to why I am talking about Hamlet on a christian blog, you must be a mind reader. If you don’t understand what point I am trying to make with all of this, it’s okay. I didn’t understand either until the Holy Spirit was kind enough to connect the dots for me while reading one of the required books for Valley University last minute. In the book The Force of Righteousness by Kenneth Copeland, a whole chapter dedicated to sin consciousness and it was when I was reading this chapter that the Holy Spirit spoke to me.
See, sometimes we allow ourselves to be like Hamlet, depressed and driven to madness by the truth imparted on him by the ghost, consumed by one thought alone. And no, I’m not saying we are being haunted by an actual ghost, but sometimes we do allow ourselves to be held back by past sins and mistakes, things that make us feel like nothing more than garbage. You could almost say that we are sometimes haunted by our past sins. We allow them to cloud our vision to seeing the truth of what we are in Christ, the new creatures we were made into when He died on the cross.
We, through some twisted way of thinking, can sometimes allow our past sins to control our lives, sway us in directions we normally would never have taken, simply because we allow them to have power over us. Jesus died on the cross for us be made clean, washed of all mistakes and sins, and yet we still allow ourselves to submit to the guilt of them and be haunted by them. Why?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
I don’t have a straightforward answer for you, but I do have a thought. We are human, flawed by nature. Not one of us is perfect, and because we are flawed by nature, we easily forget the one truth that sets us free: that we are washed and made clean by the blood of Jesus. We don’t have to live like Hamlet and have every waking moment dedicated to the hauntings of something long past. Sometimes we need a reminded that our past sins have no power to haunt us, that we aren’t condemned to play the role of Hamlet.
So this is your reminder. God loves you despite everything you think you might have done wrong in your past. He sees none of those mistakes. The only thing He sees is a perfect being, made holy by the death of His only Son.
He sees you clean, so why see yourself as anything but?
“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
“‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’”
Hebrews 10: 14, 17
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