TEAR OFF THE LABELS!!!!!!!!!
Have you ever been “labeled” as something?
Some people may have “labeled” you because of something that you have done, your family has done, a lifestyle that you have chosen, or even by the food that you eat. It is not uncommon for us all to label each other, it is sad, but not uncommon.
Let’s look at Thomas in the Bible, he expressed some doubt one time in his life, and forever became known as “Doubting Thomas”. I mean have you ever in your life experienced a bit of doubt? I know that I have, so maybe we should not be so hard on Thomas after all.
John 20:24-29 (NIV)
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Thomas was trying his best to wrap his head around being told that Jesus had risen from the dead! Thomas only questioned what had happened for a very short amount of time. The rest of the time he was a loyal follower of Christ.
Maybe you can relate to what Thomas was going through during this time. Maybe you have done a few things that you are not proud of, and someone gave you a label because of those actions.
Maybe you have even given certain labels to yourself:
TODAY…..YES….TODAY…..LET GO OF THE LABELS….TEAR THEM OFF!!
You are not the sum of your mistakes and you are not made to live defeated by “labels”, mistakes do not define who you are and labels can be torn off and reapplied with something new. Only God himself has the right to label you and this is what he says:
YOU ARE LOVED (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR (ROMANS 8:37)
YOU ARE REDEEMED (ROMANS 3:24)
If you want to tear off those labels today, with God on your side it can be done! You do not have to be what people have said you are, or what you may feel that you are. You are a new creation, created by God and he loves you just the way you are.