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We all make mistakes.  Sometimes we fail miserably.  We don’t keep our promises.  We see our lives as land mines of disaster.  All this makes us angry, fearful, and ravaged with guilt.  Yes, God is your judge, but please don’t forget that he is also your forgiver. 

Your consistency in living a godly life is more important than a single past transgression.  So, when you make a mistake, feel the anger, fear, or guilt, admit it, confess it, make amends, and move on — fast!  It’s one of the best ways to find inner healing. Then evaluate your choices, knowing you are forgiven, healed, and whole in God’s eyes. 

Recognize that today is a new day.  You have a beautiful, clean, white sheet of paper on which to write a new story of God’s love for you.  Yes, by the end of the day, it won’t be so clean; it will be dog-eared and smudged, and you’ll certainly need to ask God for his forgiveness once again.  But that’s what our Christian faith is all about — to take each day of our lives as yet another opportunity to make the right choice and not wallow in the past, which will only cloud and distort our future. 

Failures are events, not people.  That’s why I hope I can persuade you to be kinder to yourself.  To become strong again, you need to move away from your static, overly ordered world and enter the freshness of God’s love.  Open your heart to his unshakable goodness, his forgiveness of your sins, and his redeeming love.  Over time, you will say goodbye to the poisons of anger, fear, and guilt, because you will learn to put them to their proper use.  And what better time to start doing this than today. 

God loves you unconditionally.  Tell your heavenly father where you’ve been, where you are now, and what you are prepared to do from this moment on to become strong again.  Know that your God loves you with an everlasting love that you can live with the assurance that he has never failed you and that he did not design you as an anger, fear, or guilt machine but rather as a person created for peace, joy, and abundant life. 

Authored by Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE  and author of 35 books. Pioneering whole-person care nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Jantz has dedicated his life’s work to creating possibilities for others, and helping people change their lives for good. The Center • A Place of HOPE, located on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, creates individualized programs to treat behavioral and mental health issues, including eating disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety and others.