Tupac’s “I Ain’t Mad at Cha,” was released as the fourth single from his album All Eyez on Me. It was released shortly after his death. The song was a heartfelt tribute to the friends he knew before he became famous. In the song, Tupac is, in a “ghetto thug” way, reassuring friends, who had turned their backs on him, that he held no grudges against them.
Now, I can’t tell you how many times I failed God, and I thought He held grudges against or was mad at me for my past sins and failings. I thought he had amputated my eternal future because of my diseased past. Have you ever felt this way? If Jesus forgave all our sins, why are we struck with and stuck in so much fear and doubt? This is probably true for several reasons: 1) Satan uses past guilt to stifle our spiritual progress 2) Present sins make us feel inadequate to be used by God 3) Our own conscience reminds and condemns us of our past sins and how we once lived 4) Non-Christian and self-righteous friends point out inconsistencies in our lives.
When past guilt and present failures make you feel spiritually inadequate, fully embrace these truths:
Read Romans 8:1 again. This is the reassurance of God saying, “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.”
Which lies do you tend to believe and cause you to be stuck in the rut with feelings of spiritual inadequacies? Which truth(s) do you need to embrace more fully?
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