Stop beating yourself up.
That’s right. Stop being so hard on yourself for that mistake you made in the past; the one you can’t go back and change and really, do you even want to? That mistake has made you stronger, better, and maybe it’s even shaken you awake to how much God loves you. Maybe that was the lesson you needed so you’d realize, “I just really goofed and God is still hanging around. Wow. He must really love me.”
Yes He does. He loves you in all your “imperfections.” He loves the color of your hair as it begins to gray and has each one numbered. He smiles when you snore in your sleep, even keeping the dog awake. He loves how your eyes get that look somewhere between shock and sparkle when He answers your prayer and you “get it” that it’s Him. You’re welcome, He whispers. And He loves to hear you laugh when you’re running in the rain or playing in the snow. Yes, He loves every bit of you.
But when you hurt over your mistakes, really taking them in and holding onto them like you can never let go or never be forgiven, it’s like you’re telling God He’s not compassionate enough to understand, not loving enough to forgive, and not wise enough to help you through it.
You and I need to stop doing this.
Mistakes are just that. Mistakes. And trying to avoid all mistakes by tiptoeing through life, trying to be perfect, will only set you up for another round of disappointment on your way to crazy town while your family and friends ride in the back.
The only way to live at peace with your mistakes is to take them to God. Seriously. Oh sure, you can try to trick your mind into forgetting by venturing off into a bottle for some mind-altering escape, but eventually you’ll come back. Or you can run away, treat the mistake like a grizzly bear following you in the woods. But eventually you’ll get tired of running and that bear will catch up after he’s hibernated. And you’ve probably heard how hungry a bear is after a long nap.
So grab onto that mistake with both hands, stare it down and admit what it is, what you’ve done, and lift it up to God. Tell Him you’re sorry, confess what you’ve done and ask Him to forgive you, ask others to forgive you if you’ve hurt them, and then MOVE ON.
You see, God wants your mistakes. He wants to take them off your hands because He has more important things for you, better things for you to do than wallow in your guilt like a pig in slop. Of course this is where the enemy wants you to stay, and he will lie and tell you that’s where you belong. But your Heavenly Father is the One who loves you, who wants to clean you up, and He is the One you need to listen to. And He has so much more for you than a filthy pigpen full of lies.
Stop listening to the lies. Right now.
And start believing in the truth: You ARE worthy of the blessings God has for you.
Not because you are perfect, without mistakes, but because Jesus Christ is perfection and He loves you perfectly. He’s got you covered.
So get out of His way, already. Let Him bless you. Stop trying to sabotage it all because you’re afraid; afraid you’ll somehow mess it all up. God will be there in the midst of the blessing to help you. He’s promised He will never leave you, right?
Then trust Him.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV.)