Mistakes are inescapable. You’ve made them; I’ve made them. Everyone’s made them. And yet we often find it so hard to get past them.
God’s Word says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). You’ve heard that before. But does it sink in? Does it really help you forgive yourself and accept your imperfect-ness?
If you’ve ever struggled to get over a past mistake, you’re not alone. Here are several examples of people who messed up (some of them BIG time) and yet are known for serving the Lord faithfully.
Moses killed a man in a fit of anger (Exodus 2:11-15).
Abraham lied to a king (two different times), saying his wife was his sister because he was afraid of being killed (Gen. 12:10-20; Gen. 20:1-18).
David slept with a married woman, got her pregnant, tried to cover it up, and then killed her husband (2 Samuel 11).
Peter denied that he knew Christ three times because he was afraid (Mark 14:66-72).
These people made mistakes. But they were not defined by those mistakes. Genuine repentance coupled with accepting God’s forgiveness allowed them to put those errors behind them and push forward.
God’s forgiveness is absolute. If you sincerely seek it, He will give it. And if He has given it, then you can rest in it completely. You don’t have to relive your mistakes over and over. God has removed them as far as the east is from the west (which is infinitely far, by the way, because the two will never ever meet). He has cleared the way for you to follow after Him. Don’t let yourself be held back by something He’s already conquered.