Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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Ephesians 2:4-5 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved. (ESV)

Do you ever lie awake at night, unable to sleep because you're thinking about all of the foolish mistakes that you've made? Do you ever relive those stupid moments in your mind and regret the things that you've said or done? Do you wish that you could live parts of your life over again and avoid causing the problems or even the hurt that happened to other people? Me, too.

It's sometimes hard to come to terms with our imperfections and foolish ways. It's not easy to get over the guilt for the wrong or shameful things that we've done. It's difficult to deal with the times when we should have said or done something to help someone else, but we were too scared, too busy, or too proud to do it.

I used to think that the older I grew, the more that I'd be able to handle the past, and because I would be chronologically distant from those moments, I would be able to shove them aside. But that's not true, because the closer I get to being face-to-face with God, the more I know that He knows everything about me from the day of my birth to the time when I will die.

It could make me despair, but then, Jesus interrupts my melancholy and reminds me of His role as Saviour. From the riches of God's mercy, Christ applies grace to the moments and the memories that keep me awake. He not only saves me from my sinful past, but He also rescues me from my hopelessness, so that when I do meet God face-to-face, I know that Christ will be standing with me as my Saviour, my Advocate, and my Friend.

Questions: What regrets do I have about my life? Am I ready to let Jesus apply His grace to those moments?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we all make mistakes; we all experience shame; we all do foolish things. Save us from ourselves and graciously forgive us. In Your holy name, we humbly pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A wonderful reminder, John.

    Thank you, John, for this encouraging message. Blessings.

    Thank you for a deeply spiritual and inspiring writing today, John. Helps me.

    Once again, your devotional is spot on! Thank you for your faithful and honest writing!

    So true.
    Well said.
    Thank you.

    Thank you, John. A timely reminder for all of us.
    We are all sinners but forgiven.

    John, you’ve done it again, addressed the very issue with which I have been grappling.
    My thanks to you and God for perfect timing.

    So much truth here, John. Thank you. I’ve found that when I waken during the night with my mind busy reliving the regrettable moments of my life, if I begin praying, it soothes my troubled mind and allows me to relax back to sleep. Resting in the arms of Jesus!

    Good morning John,
    As I am getting older, real old now, I had a birthday recently and re: you paragraph two, I have that a lot. But I wholeheartedly agree with your last paragraph.
    Thank you for those good words.

    Dear John,
    What a surprise I had when I read your devotional this morning. We both think about how much more of our past we seem to regret the older we get but that Jesus, in His love and mercy, has freely forgiven us of our past sins.
    Blessings to you.

    Greetings John,
    Thanks for another of your very mindful devotionals. Yes, we must be so grateful that we can go to our loving Lord and ask His forgiveness for mistakes we make in our daily life. Knowing that we are forgiven helps us to be more careful to not make the same mistake again and keep closer to the guidance and word of Jesus. His love and care of us never ceases. Blessings for the thoughtful writings you do.

    Good Morning John
    WOW!!! Comforting to know I am not the only one who goes through this!!! Funny I was just sharing with a lady about this exact thing and how the Holy Spirit reminds me in the Bible it says, when we call on the name of Jesus, the devil has to flee, so I call on Him and remind the devil, that I am His and He is mine and he has to flee because the Bible says so. Peace, thank you Jesus!!
    God is faithful.
    God bless.

    Thank you, John for the wonderful reminder that Jesus applies Grace to our sins to purify us from them. It’s a comfort that He is the healing balm, and we can let the past go because our future is bright.
    God alone knows the future, so l think the adversary tries to conjure up the past in an attempt to capture us from the freedom we already have received in Christ from it because that is all it has to work with.
    When these attacks happen and we know as Christians that they will because the adversary is an enemy, l have four words l focus on and expound from… Praise, Thanksgiving, Peace, Rest.

    Well, you nailed this one!
    You’re absolutely right, the more we age, the more (hopefully), we realize how many times me simply let God, ourselves, and others down by foolish or thoughtless words or actions. Yet I believe this is also a Holy Spirit opportunity to ensure we ‘have’ confessed and repented of whatever is brought to mind and pray for those whom we’ve offended. There are layers in healing all our souls.
    Perhaps the pain we’ve caused others remains with us because ‘they’ are still impacted by ‘our’ lack of care during those particular moments. God knows we can’t move forward, until all the dross is burned off, and those attachments to past mistakes and failings can only be resolved through confession, repentance, and ‘restoration’. That restoration, if unable to be done in person, can now be done via prayer for the one hurt. I have found peace through this last method.
    How good and marvellous and deep is the love of God that He continually draws us into the likeness of His Son once we are His.

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