‘With you there is forgiveness.’ Psalm 130:4 ESV
The psalmist wrote: ‘Out of the depths I cry to You, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If You, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.’ (Psalm 130:1-4 NIV)
But God’s forgiveness is worthless unless you receive it by faith—and then forgive yourself! You say, ‘But what about my past?’ The moment you receive God’s forgiveness you no longer have a past—you only have a future. However, you must do three things:
(1) Realise that everybody fails. Samson failed by getting too close to the wrong woman (see Judges 16). Jonah failed by trying to run from the assignment God gave him (see Jonah 1:3). Peter failed when he denied Jesus (see Matthew 26:34). Yet God forgave and used each of them for His glory.
(2) You must process your emotions. Regret: ‘If only I hadn’t done it.’ Frustration: ‘I did my best. Why wasn’t it good enough?’ Self-pity: ‘Nobody loves me so I’ll just sit here and lick my wounds.’ Paralysis: ‘I’ve done it too often. My mistake is too big. I’ll never get beyond it.’ Your emotions are lying to you—don’t believe them!
(3) When you fall, get back up again. ‘Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.’ (Proverbs 24:16 NIV) Notice, the righteous as well as the unrighteous fall. So be like the lady who said, ‘I’m never down. I’m either up, or I’m getting up!’ How about it—are you ready to get up and try again? If so, God will work with you.
SoulFood: 1 Ki 12–13, Mark 9:1–13, Ps 128, Pro 12:10–11
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023