Have you ever felt that you’ve made so many mistakes that your life is not redeemable? Have you tried to stop doing drugs and alcohol and have failed? Have you tried to be a good parent but you’ve missed the mark? Do you see your life as just one big failure after another? Are you too ashamed to ask God for another chance? If that quickens your spirit, then God is standing by to tell you the truth about failure:
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” 2 Corinthians 4:16.
When we feel like we’ve failed, we do not give ourselves the chance to let God pick us up and brush us off again. And usually when we don’t want to come before God and ask for help, it is because we are ashamed. Shame is a very dangerous feeling to harbor. Guilt is what we feel about the things we have done wrong. We feel guilty that we ate another piece of pie or that we skipped class. Shame, however, is a very different emotion. Shame goes to the heart of who we are. Shame can tear us apart and keep us from coming before the throne of God to ask for forgiveness. Shame can keep us from changing because it lies to us and tells us that we are bad people and don’t deserve God’s love. If you are experiencing those feelings then back off for a minute and take a look at it. Those feelings are not from God. Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, says, “God is able to take mistakes, when they are committed to Him, and make of them something for our good and for His glory.”
Remember every morning when you awaken that God’s mercies are fresh and new and that He will never give up on you!
Have a happy journey!