Read: John 3:16-21; Proverbs 20:9; Proverbs 28:13
You are in good company today. Why? Because we have all sinned. We have all missed the mark. There is not a single person who has managed to live perfectly. Not even that person you kind of hate because they seem so put together. Everything is always just right, smile in place, perfect children, great hair, tidy house.
Behind all of that is a human being who has failed just like the rest of us. They just haven’t admitted it yet.
So what do we do when we fail? A few weeks ago, I held a woman as she sobbed because she had failed. Her failure meant job loss and tarnished reputation. She was devastated.
But at the cross everything is made new. I’m not making that up. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The old life is gone and a new life has begun. I don’t know how he does it, but he makes all things new.
What is required of me? Confession, repentance, receiving.
Confession simply means to say the same things Jesus already knows. It is agreeing with him.
Repentance is turning 180 degrees and going the other way. It isn’t feeling bad we were caught. It is sorrow for what we have done and who we have hurt.
Receiving is accepting forgiveness and the new life he promises. There is no limit on his grace, no cap on what we can receive.
Pause for a few minutes. Is there anything you haven’t talked to God about because it felt like too much? Or maybe it seemed to small? Talk to him about it now.
Remember…we are better together!