You are human. Sometimes you fail. You've made bad decisions, and those mistakes from your past have left you with a flood of guilt, shame, and doubt. After everything you've done wrong, how could God still love you? It feels like every sin decreases your value and makes you less lovable by your Creator.
A Payment Was Made
The Bible clearly tells us those thoughts are not true. Jeremiah 1:5 says that God knew you and "set you apart" even before you were in the womb. He knew every choice, mistake, and decision you would ever make...yet He still created you. He knew every future sin you would commit, yet He still sent Jesus to die for you. Romans 5:8 says, "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
It also doesn't matter what happened in your past. God was already aware of it and still decided you were worth dying for.
In the Bible, it states that we were paid for with the "precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." God didn't pay for your sins with anything tangible. He paid the highest possible price so He could call you His own, and that payment cannot be taken back.
Who Defines You?
This may come as a shock to you, but you're not the one who defines you. The only One who can define you is the One who created you. You are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). God loves you deeply, intimately, and passionately in an unfathomable way. 1 Peter 2:9-12 says that you are chosen.
Only God can define you, and once you are in Christ, your regrets, mistakes, and sins are overcome. God doesn't look at you and see your shortcomings and past mistakes. He looks at you and sees Jesus' perfection.
When you start to wonder if God could love you because of your past, remember that His word is true, perfect, and the ultimate authority for your life. You must refuse to allow the enemy to tell you who you are. Stop believing the lies. It's easy to become obsessed with the voice of the enemy, and not hear God's truth.
If you believe you are a priceless treasure, you will behave as such. God wants you to live in freedom from shame, guilt, and regret. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."