Looking back on my life, I can see so many times where I made mistakes, committed sin and missed the mark. I like to think I have learned and grown from most of those experiences. The major thing I have learned from my failures, is that God is uniquely merciful, abounding in grace and infinitely loving. His forgiveness and restoration encourages me to live and learn and one of the greatest ways I have found to do that is by showing my appreciation for what God has done by learning from my mistakes, atoning for my sins and making amends for where I have failed others.
I receive forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but so that my heart might be freed up from the energy that is wasted in a battle of shame caused by the continual back and forth with guilt. I am God’s special creation and With His unconditional love, He shows me that my value is not based on what I have or have not done, but on who he is and who he created me to be. Romans 5:2 says: “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
God’s goal for us is blessing. God is not trying to catch us doing something wrong. God is attempting to help us grow to our best. He does that, not by punishing us, but by correcting us. The process of our turning from our sin and turning to our God allows atonement to do a work in our heart and life, enabling us to live life at the higher place We were created for. Atonement provides us the opportunity to begin again as many times as we need to, because the purpose is our education and growth, not our punishment and eradication. It is God using His gifts of love, grace and mercy to lift us up, grow us and empower us for the greater life of blessing we were created for.
Open your heart to recognize and learn from your mistakes, sins and failures. Allow atonement to do its work in, on and through your life by accepting responsibility for your dishonesty, laziness and carelessness which has caused harm to both yourself and others. Pray for and reach out to those you have wronged or who have been impacted by your wrong and seek healing and restoration. Learn from your challenges and grow to be the person of blessing you were created to be.
May your life be filled with His love that overcomes fear and supernatural light that illuminates and chases away the darkness.