By Kyle Lovern
July 17, 2014
“Too often we make the mistake of remembering what we should forget—our hurts, failures and disappointments—and we forget what we should remember—our victories, accomplishments and the times we have made it through.” – Joel Osteen
Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
As I read the above quote, I began to think about how hard some of us judge ourselves. I say us for I am human and frequently focus on mistakes made rather than victories accomplished through Christ.
So many of our lives have been changed by decisions that brought consequences that were devastating. The devastation ushers in defeat. The defeat opens the door for hopelessness. We wonder if peace, success, health, relationships will ever be the same. The pain can be so intense that people often times just give up on life, living only to die.
The Bible is full of people who suffered from the consequences of bad decisions. Kind David was involved in a torrid love affair that produced a child. David also had a man murdered. This was his reality, the result of a bad decision. He became
depressed and filled with hopelessness. He had two choices: he could give up or fall on the mercy of God. No matter the choice he still had to deal with the consequences of his actions. Thankfully, King David did choose to live by the mercy and grace God provided. The Bible goes on to tell his story and even refers to him as a “Man after God’s own heart”. As you read this perhaps you are haunted by the consequences of a bad decisions.
Have you fallen into despair as a result? God has the same mercy and grace for you that He offered King David. The Bible says in Romans 8:28 ” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” This doesn’t mean we don’t have consequences for our actions.
This means if we fully rely on God and have complete faith in His Son Jesus Christ we learn to LIVE with our consequences.
The world is full of people who are aware of sins or bad decisions that we have made while forgetting their own. The harsh reality is some people not only want to remember your mistakes but also want to completely destroy your character, integrity and witness for Christ. People lied regarding Christ and they will lie regarding you. Those who would do such things should be reminded of Romans 3:23. Also, Matthew 23:36-37 states we all will give an account to God for every word we speak. Are your words healing or hurting? We need to think about the consequences of the words we speak. The person you are destroying today may have been the person with the Word from God that would have been life changing for you or your loved ones tomorrow. Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Love, tolerance and forgiveness is the order of the day. In summation, you cannot control what people will say about you. Unfortunately the world is filled with those that want to cause confusion, chaos and corruption. So it lies within us to forgive, live in peace and not focus on our disappointments but on our victories in Christ.
Again, we all suffer from the results of bad decisions. When will you allow the suffering to stop and let Christ plan your comeback? Yes, you have a future. Jeremiah 29:11-13 ” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Allow Christ to give you “Strength for the Moment” and minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day you will find peace, understanding and purpose. People will gossip but whose words will you allow to fuel you? The Word of God is the correct answer. As the Lord’s prayer teaches us, forgive those who sin against you.
May God bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace.
In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.