It’s easy to get caught up in the regrets of our past, our mistakes, and our failures. I’ve met so many people who truly understand God’s forgiveness, but have yet to find the courage and strength to forgive themselves. This is something that can truly interfere with one’s relationship with God, and I think shining some light on this topic could potentially help many who feel the weight of their family name, personal mistakes and failures. The same power that conquered the grave lives within us, and we must remember that the Christian life is about where we are going, not where we came from. Nobody is perfect.

A few things about you.

1. You’re not your father.

2. You’re not your mother.

3. You’re not your family.

4 .You’re not your past.

5. You’re not your mistakes.

6. You’re not your failures.

Breathe. You’re not anyone other than who God has called you to be—a son or daughter of the King. Regardless of your last name, what you did last week, or even what you did last year, God’s love for you covers a multitude of sins and there is nothing that can get in the way of that truth.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”—2 Corinthians 5:17

A few things about Jesus.

1. He wasn’t born into a perfect family.

Matthew 1:1-17 showcases the genealogy of Jesus. This family tree has many names on it that many would be surprised to see. Among the list we find murderers, cheats, prostitutes, refugees, adulterers and more. The genealogy of Jesus mentions all these historical characters to teach us an amazing lesson that nobody comes from a perfect family, and that the grace of Jesus is powerful enough to withstand any faults, failures, and sins.

2. He grew up in a town referred by some scholars as “City of trash.”

Nazareth doesn’t even show up on first-century lists of villages in Galilee, and it was considered by the Jewish population of the region as insignificant. Nazareth could also have been seen as an unimportant town due to it being hidden away in the mountains of Galilee. Surely the Messiah would not come from such an unlikely place, an isolated city that did not take in many visitors? Doesn’t make any sense. In John 1:46, Nathaniel asked, when told that Jesus was from Nazareth, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

We see that not only did good from the city of Nazareth, but the son of God in fact called it is earthy home.  This is a powerful reality for anyone feeling down about where they grew up, or where they came from. It’s irrelevant when you have the power of Jesus in your life.

No matter who you are or where you are from, realize that Jesus loves you and has a plan for you life.