It happens all the time, the BIG mistake. The circumstances that lead to it can be vastly different. In one instance your life is good, everything is going well, and you are generally content with your life and actions. Then it happens- something that changes the course of your life.

It might be one big mistake. Maybe it’s a college party where you made some poor choices involving alcohol and sex. Maybe you got arrested for possession of (or maybe even for selling) a controlled substance. For everyone that mistake is something deeply personal and life altering.

It might be a series of small mistakes. Maybe you flunked out of college, not because you weren’t smart enough, but because you spent too much time partying. Maybe you have made a series of bad choices that resulted in your becoming entangled in a particularly harmful and near inextricable sin.

But maybe your big mistake didn’t interrupt a “good” life. Your life might be one marked by excess and rebellion since the beginning. A life where no choice was ever wrong, nothing was forbidden, and up to this point you never felt any regrets. And maybe now you are feeling your first pangs of conscious guilt for your sinful lifestyle.

No matter how you got to this point (the big mistake or the long descent), we all have one thing in common. At one point you will think (or have already thought), “Am I too far gone?” It is the voice of the adversary and his powerful tool of shame. An emotion that can, if we let it, keep us from redemption and forgiveness. How? It makes us too afraid to even ask for what we have already been promised.  We feel not only unworthy and undeserving but we feel that even if we asked we would be denied- and our shame would only grow.

Thanks to the Lord, we don’t have to feel that way. Think of the amazing promises God has made to us regarding our sins (no matter how great).

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

“as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12.

“[N]either height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39.

Why would a holy and righteous God make us such a promise?  Because God loves his creation and He has already made us an open invitation to fellowship and reconciliation.

“The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.” Numbers 14:18.

“You do not stay angry forever/but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18.

He expressed His great love when He submitted himself to death upon a cross for ALL of us.

“…my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:11.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.

There is no sin, no lifestyle of sin, big enough.  There is no mistake large enough, life changing enough, to overcome the love of God and His offer of forgiveness and rebirth.  While you may have been living in sin for the last forty years, it only takes one prayer to begin a new life.  The offer is there, it remains only for you to accept.

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Comments
  1. Annie says:

    This is a great post. Thanks for the encouragement.

    And thanks for your other comment; I wasn’t fishing for compliments, though! 😉

  2. DulceDiana says:

    Thank you for this necessary reminder.
    His grace is all sufficient even in my darkest hour. He is the same today and forever. He is my Strong Tower.

  3. Mistakes are there to make us strong and smart.With utmost optimism and hope, one can never feel that he is doomed even in the middle of a painful consequence.

  4. timbob says:

    greetings. I can relate to this as I have battles over doubt much in my days. After the season of rebellion, it was intense and I was clinging to I John 1:9 as I had been a mess for quite a few years. The Lord did a remarkable restoration work and I will forever give him the glory. Thanks for the listing of these scriptures.
    Have a great day in Christ.

    timbob

  5. Love it, love it, love it.
    You’re right on the money about the devil using regret and shame to keep people away from God. Some people even feel righteous about this: they think that their refusal to ask for forgiveness is somehow more “honorable” (pride, Satan’s most special weapon).
    Other people like to step into the role of Accuser, too. You can usually tell who they are, because they’ll proof-text a Bible verse to use against you, but have not the slightest interest in the Scriptures at any other time. Their favorite thing to do is to call the Christian a hypocrite, which every Christian is due to the simple fact they’re human.
    None of it has anything to do with God’s forgiveness–thankfully!

  6. Art says:

    Amen! Very inspriring post. Thank you.

  7. Yeah lots of people go through that and are ashamed to even ask God. But our God is a ” forgiving and Almighty GOD”. 🙂
    Great Post thank you!
    In Christ
    Andrea

  8. 1ofHis says:

    Isn’t God amazing? His love is huge! Thank you.

  9. clonic says:

    Thank you for the encouragement you left in my blog. Be blessed as you endure for good stewardship of your physical body, spirit, and soul.

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