BE ENCOURAGED! YOU ARE FORGIVEN!
“If I say I’m sorry, I’ll just keep doing the same thing over and over anyway.” The logic of a child who needs to repent of wrong doing. “I just keep messing up.” says a child trying to figure out how to stop doing what he/she gets in trouble doing. “How many times can I say I’m sorry?” Then tears.
As the teacher, my heart went out to this little one who was trying to be good, but his human will got the best of him most times. He felt like a failure. Extreme thinking as a child made him think he could never be perfect, so why try? Why say I’m sorry for the same thing.
The door is now open to express just how much God loves us and shows His powerful mercy and grace to us with his forgiveness for His imperfect children. Apparently this was a problem even in Jesus day with the question posed to him by one of his “boys”…”How many times must I forgive a person?” Peter was asking Jesus, is there a limit to forgiveness? Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.…meaning there is no limit to God’s mercy and grace. Therefore, there is no limit to our forgiving our brothers and sisters!
Are WE caught up in childish thinking? Are we thinking, Lord, I have messed up so many times therefore I feel unforgivable?
Be encouraged! His mercy is NEW and FRESH every day, like the dew on the grass! Get up, be forgiven and walk in the Word again. Pray…”Give us THIS new day a fresh start with new mercies because You are God and we are not. You are faithful and forgiving. I look to You for mercy and grace. Thank you, Lord.”
He knows we are not perfect. He knows we are trying because He knows our hearts. So forgive yourself and move on. Stop asking for forgiveness for the same sin of yesterday that you already asked, because He doesn’t know what you are talking about…He forgives so completely, He doesn’t remember yesterday’s sins. But we do. Yesterday reminds us to learn from our mistakes and “Go, and sin no more!” Sigh of relief.