We all make mistakes. It’s true. We do. Again in 1 John, we’re told that if anyone says he hasn’t sinned he is a liar and the truth is not in him. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all done things we regret and wish we could take back. Yet, what do we do when these things happen after we’ve started following Jesus? What do I do when my faith comes in conflict with my actions?
In the same book, we’re told that we have forgiveness. And that’s humbling. It’s also comforting. When I’ve seen this amazing God that has this unprecedented love for me and I fail him it hurts. You just want to shrink into a ball of nothing and hide from the things you’ve failed in. Yet we’re told that we can bring our sins to him. If we confess them he will forgives, he will cleanse us, and we will have all unrighteousness removed from us (1 John 1:5-10).
We’ve all made mistakes. We’re going to continue making those mistakes. Paul, the guy we learned about this week made major mistakes. And even made some after he encountered Jesus. You probably will too. It’s not about the mistake, it’s about the healing, the growth, and testimony that comes out of our sins forgiven that matters most.