The truths is, I bought into a label about myself that was unhealthy, and it effected other areas of my life- the way I dressed, who I made friends with, etc. Just like the fashion labels were silly, so are the negative labels we embrace with or without realizing it when they are unhealthy.
We can embrace these negative, seeds of thought labels both about oursleves or about others. On a personal level we think, "This is just my personality. It's just who I am." We have labeled ourselves as fearful, worried, incompetent, broken, financially held back, etc. Maybe we have readily embraced labels we put on others because it's how we were raised- labels of deep rooted thoughts that would say you are a better person if... you're rich, white, black, straight, Muslim, Christian, etc. However, when we are sensitive to God ever changing us, we can feel Him putting His finger on a place He wants to renew in us, hopefully continually because we should be ever growing as a person. For this renewing to happen, we have to take a good, hard look at oursleves, but more importantly to Him and become vulnerable to the process. Slowly but surely, our misembraced labels need to come down. When our walls come down, the labels come down with it. We are laid bare. Throughout this process, we may be tempted to cling to our old habitual ways of thinking. Whether we like it or not or want to admit it, our labels are comfortable and familiar. But God is in the business of repairing us. He is in the business of rebuilding us. When He rebuilds us, He builds us to last. He loves us too much to keep us the way we are, confused and mislabeled. I can see Him now chisling away at the labels and walls we have put up.
In the church right now, I see men and women rising up to answer the calling to forsake all unhealthy labels. I see a disdain for the inhumane and ungodly, a brokenness for the labels that have divided us, and a rebuilding of each of us on a personal level and as a church. The world is hurting. Let us all now choose to become the generation He is calling us to be, forsaking the labels that just don't fit us, and embracing only labels that build up those around us-- labels that would say we are: kindhearted, pure, peaceful, gentle, gracious, brave, loving, standing up for justice, speaking the truth in love, standing in the gap for the broken, seeing each person as our equal, no matter their race, gender or sexual orientation.
"Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen."
1 John 4 :20