I am sure you have noticed the label on your mattress that reads “Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law“. Hopefully, I am not the only one but I have always wondered why is that message on the mattress. After doing some Google searching (Good Ol’ Google) I discovered that this was put in place as a safety to consumers. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s manufacturers would stuff mattresses with used or recycled bedding materials. Of course the government said you have to tell people this is what your using and if they choose to purchase than fine.
This got me to thinking even further about all the labels that are placed on us in the world. Labels such as incompetent, helpless, loser, winner, hypocrite, cheater. We get stuffed with so much garbage and carry it around with us forever.
I am so sick of labels and I am ready to remove them. Years later the government changed the label to read”Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law Except by the Consumer.” Yeah, thats right, You bought it, its yours, You have every right to remove that label. When Jesus went to the cross he purchased our salvation. When you gave your life to Christ you can rest assured he removed all those hurtful labels that you have encountered so long – labels like liar, fearful, abuser, victim, enemy, hater. God never saw you as those things in the first place and once you find his love those labels can be erased.
If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).
I had been thinking on this subject of labels for quite some time and then on Tuesday July 18th, I read the daily devotion in the “Our Daily Bread” and the devotion was titled “Beyond Labels”. It was simply put that God’s grace defies labels because it is rooted in his love, not in our self-perception (nit how we see ourselves) . How we think of ourselves is no where near how God thinks of us. I’m sure there are a few of us that say “I’m ugly” but how can that be, you and I were made in God’s image and everything God did was and is beautiful and Good. Or here is another one that I’m sure you have run across “I’m a failure” – this one is actually impossible as there is NO FAILURE in God.
You try it!!! every negative thought and negative label can be easily negated thru God’s word and Love. So go ahead REMOVE THAT LABEL!