Listen to this devotional:
Acts 10:43 – All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (NIV)
It's amazing how much emotional baggage and physical damage we endure simply because we will not let go of our guilt or own up to our mistakes. Last week, I was at a coaching-counselling centre which works primarily with pastors. It was an intense time but also a liberating one, because I was able to unburden my soul, whilst expressing my weaknesses and fears, mistakes and doubts. I came away from the centre feeling lighter, stronger, and better. It was a remarkable time and one that was centred upon the forgiving nature of Christ.
We tend to cling to our regrets and mistakes because we don't want to disclose our foolish and fallen ways. It's a matter of pride, mixed with fear and resentment. On the surface, things may appear to be calm, but beneath our skin, a lot of damage is being done to our vital organs, immune system, and muscles. The mind and heart do not function separately from the body and soul. Whatever troubles our spirits affects the whole person.
This is why believing in and experiencing Christ's forgiveness is good news which is vitally important to us. When we take time to confess our mistakes to Him, we are embracing His fullness, strength, and love. When we place our bitter regrets and foolish choices into His hands, He can heal us of the past, restore us to God's favour, and lead us to a better life. We call that peace; Christ calls it love.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, each day, we battle with regrets and bad choices. Sometimes, at the end of the day, we can't sleep because of foolish mistakes and fearful consequences. Lead us to Your throne of grace, and help us to bow humbly before You, so that we may seek Your forgiveness and rediscover health, healing, and wholeness in the process. In Your holy name, we confess and pray. Amen.