How many times have you thought that if you could just have a do-over, you wouldn’t have made those wrong decisions or done that dumb thing? But, you can’t. The past is the past and you can’t go back.
Of course, we’ve all made mistakes that we wish we wouldn’t have, but that’s life on planet earth. We live in a fallen world and we have an enemy who’s out to steal, kill, and destroy us. But – Jesus came to give us abundant life that we can live to the full ’til it’s overflowing.
Know this, our mistakes don’t define who we are. It might feel like they do but that’s not the truth. God’s Word defines who we are.
To help prove my point, take the reverse situation: One good deed doesn’t make an honorable person out of someone with bad character. Likewise, someone who lives right and then makes a dumb mistake, doesn’t make them a bad person.
As Christians, our hearts are to do the right thing and bring glory and honor to our Lord Jesus. But on the other hand, we’re not immune to making bad decisions or dumb mistakes. What we must do is pull ourselves up but the boot straps, confess our mistake, receive God’s forgiveness, and then forgive ourselves.
Yes, we must forgive ourselves, which seems like one of the hardest things to do when we’ve erred and want to beat up ourselves for having messed up.
God is so gracious to forgive us, cleanse us, and get us back on track. We don’t have the right to hold unforgiveness against ourselves any more than we don’t have the right to hold unforgiveness against another person. We don’t even belong to ourselves. We belong to the Lord and He’s forgiven us, even before we’ve sinned. That’s what happened on the Cross. Praise the name of Jesus!
Remember, we’re the temple of the Holy Spirit and He lives in us. We need to honor Him by having mercy on ourselves and walking in His comfort.
Let’s rise above our mistakes and shortcomings and be all that God has called us to do!
John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Proverbs 24:16 (KJV) 16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Ephesians 4:24 (KJV) 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: