Music Monday: Forgiven

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Sanctus RealForgiven

(listen on Spotify or Youtube)

Well, the past is playing with my head
And failure knocks me down again
I’m reminded of the wrong
That I have said and done
And that devil just won’t let me forget

In this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
‘Cause I’m forgiven

My mistakes are running through my mind
And I’ll relive my days in the middle of the night
When I struggle with my pain, wrestle with my pride.
Sometimes I feel alone and I cry.

And in this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

Well, I’m forgiven
I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
‘Cause I’m forgiven

When I don’t fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ

‘Cause I’m forgiven
Well, I’m forgiven
And I don’t have to carry
The weight of who I’ve been
‘Cause I’m forgiven. 

 

Sometimes the past holds us back not because of what’s been done to us, but because of what we’ve done. We spend our days hounded by guilt. We try to do better, be better, act better, but our own guilt turns us into a portable source of negative energy. We find ourselves stuck in a cycle of hurting those around us and adding on more guilt.

But there’s no need for this. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). There is also no condemnation to those who are in Christ, because Christ has set us free from sin (Romans 8:1). So why do we let ourselves live in guilt?

Some sins do give us consequences we have to live with, but guilt is not one of them. We can live in freedom because we are forgiven of sins as large as murder to as small as loosing our patience with our kiddos.

And when we feel like complete failures and misfits, all we have to remember is what we are in Christ – forgiven.

And in this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am

I’m forgiven.

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In the conservative circle in which I grew up, contemporary Christian music was not allowed. After marrying, I began to listen to a CCM radio station. Much of my spiritual growth since then can be attributed to the many CCM artists and the songs they write. There is truth in those words and power in their music.

If music means as much to you as it does to me, you might want to check out Spotify. This music program allows you to search for particular songs and save them to playlists, allowing you to listen to your music whenever you wish. Best yet, it’s free. (It will require you to download their music program to your computer, but I promise it will not download any junk.) You can find all the songs highlighted in Music Mondays at the Recovered Identity Spotify playlist.

 

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