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.

The Oban Times - - BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS - C E Mor­ri­son

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.

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