You’ll Still Mess Up… A Lot!
As a child in God’s family, you’re still going to mess up… a lot. I think that’s one of the hardest lessons Christians must learn. When we become Christians, many of us are under a false impression that things are about to become a lot easier, and life’s choices will become crystal clear. We think that having God in our corner means easy-breezy living.
Although having God in your corner does mean you will have the best counsel available, it doesn’t mean taking that counsel will be the most obvious choice. Everything in the world entices you with promises of happiness and comfort fashioned with a big red bow on top. And although God promises eternal salvation, the world promises quick and swift reward. It’s hard to choose the eternal when the immediate benefit is beating down the door. Therefore, we often choose what the world has to offer over God’s gift of salvation.
Luckily for you and me, God’s love is so great that he will continue to forgive us even when we choose the world’s ways over His. And the great thing about His forgiveness and mercy is that it never runs dry. God loves you so much that when you sin, admit it, and ask for His forgiveness, He gives it freely and restores the relationship that your sin severed. He welcomes you back home with open arms.
- Psalm 103:12 “….as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Just like you prayed to Jesus to come into your life, now you can ask Jesus to forgive you. The only difference is that you will not need to ask Jesus back into your heart. He is already there.
So how do you hear Him over everything else demanding your attention? And how do you benefit from his mercy and grace?
When you mess up, go to God, and ask him to forgive you. Satan does not want you to ask forgiveness for your sins, and he will whisper in your ear that God hates you and could never forgive you. Satan is called the Father of Lies for a reason. This is his most prominent and influential of lies because it keeps you from accepting God’s grace and remaining active in His family. The Bible says that if you confess your sin, He will forgive you.
Finally, know that this state of sin is only temporary. The day is coming where we will not need to worry about sin or temptation anymore. We will be in heaven with Jesus and live like we were intended to live. Until that time comes, however, God will continue to forgive you if you continue to ask.
- 1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Exercise: Write down ways that you have disobeyed God. Look at each one and confess it through prayer. Then cross out each sin. Let this remind you of God’s loving forgiveness.
…AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US.