Sometimes, we feel like our failures are too severe for God to forgive. We wallow in despair and ward off hopelessness with every ounce of determination we can assemble. We valiantly attempt to pull our self up by our boot straps and to get on with life.
An abortion, murder by drunk driving, infidelity, theft, divorce, etc. are not too big for God to forgive. His mercy is everlasting (Psalm 103:17). He views our indiscretions as failings, not failures. They are temporary lapses in judgment initiated by our self-effort in life.
There is no circumstance that pushes us away from God that is too far for Him to draw us back. If we soar into the ecstasies of life, descend into the darkest hell of grief and trauma, fly high in our successes, are about to drown in the sea of circumstances, or find our self in the darkest night, He is always there with us and in us.
God’s hand guides us and holds us securely, and He makes the darkness shine like day. He knit us together in our mother’s womb, and He has perfect plans for our life (Psalm 139:7-14; Jeremiah 29:11). Our Father sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to die for us, so He could adopt us into His family (John 3:16-17).
God’s love covers our multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). He eagerly waits for us to call on Jesus’ name to be saved (Romans 10:13). A simple, honest confession of our sins restores our relationship with our heavenly Father. He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17; Luke 15:7, 10).
There are many examples in the Bible where people repented of their sins and made restitution for their selfish callousness. We are free to pay reimbursements as well, which may restore our fellowship with those we wronged, as it cements our relationship with God.
Willingly relinquishing the strangle-hold that shame has on our life, we remember that in Christ we have no condemnation (Romans 8:1). We thirst for God like the deer that pants after the water brook (Psalm 42:1). We want nothing more than to decrease so that He may increase (John 3:30).
Father God, help us to restore our relationship with You, as well as with those we sinned against during our lifetime. Give us Your wisdom on how to resolve conflicts, which we caused. Help our apology to heal the wounds we knowingly or unwittingly inflicted on others. We want to effectively clear up any mistakes, and to reconcile with those whom we negatively impacted by our words and behavior.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right attitude in our motives and character (Psalm 17:3, 51:10-19). We want to rid our life of the bondage that keeps us from maturing spiritually, and from gaining a deeper intimacy with You. We know that complete surrender to Your will and way is our pathway to Your peace and joy.
Thought for the Day:
True intimacy with God comes from our willingness to lay down every weight that so easily sidetracks us from living in the center of His will; to put aside our own goals, dreams and vision for our life in preference to His will for us; and to totally abandon our humanistic worldview as we adopt a Biblical viewpoint instead.