Thought for the week
‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1 v 9.
Have you ever made a mistake that you now deeply regret?
Perhaps it was something said or written to a friend or colleague; perhaps a momentary loss of control on the sports field in the heat of the moment.
‘Messing up’ in the 21st century can often have quite far-reaching consequences. Connectedness to the world via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram ensures that some mistakes can go viral in a short space of time.
Naive young people in particular have found that their mistakes can have pretty catastrophic consequences for their future careers and relationships.
However, the good news is that when we mess up, we’re not alone, because everyone who has ever lived has made mistakes. It’s all part and parcel of being human.
The Bible is littered with examples of such people. In the Old Testament, the Psalmist King David’s mistakes included murder.
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul admitted: ‘I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.’
While the fact of being a human is frustrating for all of us, the Bible offers us some really good news when we mess up.
The Apostle John tells us: ‘If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’
So the next time you mess up, follow the Bible’s fivestep process for turning things around: turn to God, take responsibility, apologise, accept forgiveness, thank God – and get back on track.