I’ve made mistakes, over and over again – and each time the anguish and the pain grows greater and greater, often resulting in my wondering whether I’ve crossed the line of no return. How could God possibly love me? How could he love such a sinful person? One that continues to make the same mistakes over and over again? Surely he’s given up on me!? After-all if he loves me then he would help me not to keep repeating the same mistakes.
Recognise these thoughts?
I certainly do.
They are the fearful and guilt ridden thoughts that run through our minds every time we fall – making one feel as though one is the very worst person in the world – as though nobody has a problem as big as yours / mine.
As a wise man once told me, “if you lifted up the roof of every household – yes even those that seem perfect in joy, righteousness, and wealth, you would be shocked by what you find – a myriad of issues and challenges, some by chance and some self-inflicted.”
The truth is there’s no-one on this planet that isn’t dealing with something. Everyone has a particular thorn in their side.
Our greatest fears about these challenges/ problems are two-fold.
1. That God has given up on us and no longer loves us.
2. That we will never be able to overcome our challenges / problems.
I personally often fear the above. For just when I think I’ve broken free, I fall again, resulting in a despondent and hopeless feeling of ‘will this thing ever end???’.
But what does the bible say about how our challenges / mistakes affect our relationship with God? What does it say about our chances of overcoming them? And are you really the only one that continues to make the same mistakes again and again?
1. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8 vs 37
The bible says that Absolutely Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Nothing!
Hence, a decision needs to be made here. Do you believe what the bible says, or will you insist of persisting with the nature of we humans – a perception of perfection, works, a tendency to judge others we deem to be not so righteous, and as a result rather unforgiving. Unfortunately this is why so many people are walking away from christianity. The pressure to perform is simply too much; and as a result many walk away, preferring to leave it all so as not to constantly feel judged and unworthy.
Our faith is called Christianity because Jesus Christ, the one anointed to save man-kind, died for all our sins – ALL – not a few, not yesterday’s, but ALL – including today’s and tomorrow’s. This is why through Him, absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s Love. We must make a decision you and I – do we wholeheartedly accept Jesus’s sacrifice, or do we insist on persisting with ‘human’ standards and expectations?
2. Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.
Hebrews 13 vs 5
Never means never. No matter what you’ve done or where you are. God will never ever forsake or abandon you. He already knew every mistake you would ever make before you were borne. And yet He still called you to be his precious and adorable child.
3. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
Romans 3 vs 23 -26
Nobody is perfect. Stop thinking you’re the worst person in the world. If there’s one way in which the devil often oppresses my mind it is with this one – making me feel as though I’m the very worst person in the world. But the truth is that everyone is dealing with some fault or another. You’re not bad, you’re just human. That’s why Jesus died for you.
4. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. ………
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Romans 7 vs 15 – 25
Even Paul, the greatest apostle that ever lived had challenges. And even he wondered whether his problems / issues / mistakes would ever cease. His only comfort was that through Jesus he would definitely overcome.
Again, you and I have a choice. Do we continue to rely on our own confidence and ability to overcome? Or do we rest in the finished works of Jesus. The bible says that God’s love is Unfailing. His love does not, and can never fail. In other words, let’s focus not on our problems and mistakes, but solely on how much God loves us. It is the surety of this Unfailing and Unconditional Love that gives us the strength to keep going, no matter what; as against relying on our own strength, which, after a while we seriously begin to doubt, leading in many cases to giving up all together.
You are not alone in your challenges.
But be rest assured that;
1. Nothing and Nobody can separate you from God’s Unfailing and Unconditional Love.
2. He will never ever give up on you.
3. Through Jesus Christ you will surely overcome.