LETTER FROM JOHN The book of 1st John was written by John himself one of the apostles
When You Make a Mistake
Confessing our sins can be difficult, but it is a necessary step towards receiving forgiveness. Thankfully, when we do confess, we can trust in God’s faithfulness and justice to forgive us. He doesn’t just stop at forgiveness either, but takes it a step further by promising to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This means that even though we may have made mistakes and fallen short, God is able and willing to make us clean again. It’s a beautiful reminder that no matter what we’ve done, we can always come to God with a repentant heart and trust in His abundant grace and mercy.
When we make mistakes in life, there are three main things that we need to do.
Number one, ask for forgiveness. The bible says when we confess our sins to one another, we receive healing. James 5:16 but first get it right with God. “It is against you, and only you have I sinned” Psalm 51:4
Number two, receive God’s mercy. The hardest thing to do is to forgive yourself for allowing the hurt and the pain to continue. When we receive God’s grace and mercy, we can then extend that same grace and mercy to ourselves.
And number three, move forward with your life. Forget what is behind you, move forward, look towards your future, do not dwell on the past, forgive and go!
Which of these three do you have a hard time with?
Let it go and press ahead. So many people today are still beating themselves down over something they did five years ago. They’ve asked God to forgive them a thousand times, but can’t let it go. They go around living depressed, defeated, and feeling unworthy. If that’s you, realize today that the price has already been paid.
The first time you asked God to forgive you, He forgave you. Now you’ve got to receive God’s mercy and press ahead. That mistake did not change who you are to God. No child has ever once gotten up in the morning with a surname then done something wrong and gone to bed that night with a different last name. No matter what he or she did, they’re still their parent’s child. You may have made mistakes today, but because of the blood of Jesus, you are still your Father’s child. You are still the apple of God’s eye. You are still His most prized possession. God may not be pleased with every action, but He is pleased when you receive His forgiveness by faith!
Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus which cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Thank You for forgiving me and restoring me. I choose to forget the past and move forward into all that You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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