“Slip-ups”, “mess-ups”, “should-haves”, “wish-I-wouldn’t-haves”, and “if-only-I-could-turn-back-the-clock” are all thoughts and actions that we struggle with on a regular basis. How many times this week have you had thoughts like those? Too many to count? Have you wished that somehow you could just turn back the clock and live that moment over? Sure. We all have those times in life that if we were granted a do-over, we’d change that comment or action. Sometimes, because of our actions and our words, we disappoint those closest to us. And if we can disappoint those who we love, just imagine how it makes God feel. For you see, it was because of those “slip-ups,” those “should-haves,” our sin, our imperfection, that God sacrificed His Son, Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says,
“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
And because of that sacrifice, for those of us who have believed upon the name of Jesus and placed our faith and trust in Him, we have hope, especially in those times when we wish we could call out for a do-over. We have the hope of a new sunrise, a new day you might say; a time when we can make a fresh start and make things right. Nehemiah 9:17 says,
“But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Those characteristics of God appear numerous times in Scripture and I love how they paint a picture of our forgiving Father.
So no matter what you said yesterday, or what you did today, God is waiting with open arms to forgive and heal your wounded heart. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Sure, there will most likely need to be reconciliation between you and another, but once we confess our sins to Him, even then He will direct us as to how to make things right between ourselves and those we have offended.
So stop carrying around that burden of guilt. Confess it, seek reconciliation, and start living in the light of a new day. Our God is a forgiving God, full of grace and mercy. And in Him is an abundance of life that is found nowhere else. Live free!
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
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