I had a girl comment on one of my posts asking me to write an article about a mistake she made in her past. This girl was deeply ashamed of a previous decision she had made and couldn’t seem to forgive herself.
I think many people feel the same way about their past and mistakes. We feel as if with each new morning we only regret it more and more. We suddenly find ourselves wishing we could undo a moment, month or year in our life.
But you can’t. What happened, happened. The only thing you can do now is ask the Lord for forgiveness and live for Him each new morning.
Trust me, I have made plenty of mistakes in my past 19 years. I have been lost and used wordly things to find my worth. However, none of that satisfied me. I found God when I realized He was the only thing that could make me feel loved and beautiful.
Popularity didn’t satisfy me, neither did alcohol. Having abs didn’t make me feel like I had enough, and neither did getting 100 likes on Instagram. I found God when I felt His joy and grace finally give me peace and understanding.
Once I found God, I lived with regret for all the mistakes I made in my past. However, I had to keep reminding myself that I am not my mistake. I am not measured by my past. I am clean and forgiven, not because of anything I did to make up for my past, but because my God is forgiving, powerful and loving.
I now ask you to always remember that you are not your mistake.
Your worth is not measured in your lowest moment, how far you went with your ex-boyfriend, or how mean you were in middle school. Your worth is not measured in your deepest regret or your worst mistake.
Your worth comes from the One who created you. The One who calls you by name, who calls you His child. The One who knows how many hairs are on your head, and knows your thoughts. The One who created the universe, puppies and chocolate.
This guy sacrificed His Son in a painful death so that you can be forgiven. This guy says you are forgiven, chosen, and washed clean from all your wrong doings.This guy says you are not your mistake.
We all have messed up in our lives, and all have done something we wish we could go back and change. However, God is doing something new in our lives. He wants us to use our past as a testimony of His forgiveness, not as a distraction from what He is currently doing in our lives.
Falling in love with God means you have to fall in love with the image of Him in the mirror you see. You have to love His creation, including yourself, if you want to love the Lord. You are not your mistake. You are a child of the King of Kings and forgiven because of the cross. The moment you tell the Lord, “I am sorry, forgive me Savior. I want to know you more God,” you can have peace and live with Him in paradise.
Purity is based on your heart, not your past. Purity and your faith is dependent on where you are now in your walk with Christ, not where you used to be. Use your past a testimony of how great and beautiful God’s grace can be if you decide to accept it and live for Him.
Don’t let the devil get to you and make you think you are not good enough for Christ. He doesn’t ask you to be perfect. He asks you to admit you are broken and that you need Him.
You are not your mistake, because the Almighty God sent His Son to rescue us. We were once lost and now we are found. Stop focusing on your past and start focusing on how you can praise Him each morning for giving you a second, fourth, and hundredth chance.
So no matter how dirty your past is, you can be clean. No matter how many boys you’ve slept with, how many times you’ve gossiped, or how many people you have hurt. You can live in paradise with the Prince of Peace once you turn away from your sin and live for Him. That is love. That is grace. And that is the God I worship with my life as a sacrifice.
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”