This is part of my manifesto series.
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There is restoration from mistakes.
I’ve made mistakes in the past. I’ll make mistakes in the future. I’ve made mistakes today. We all do.
Quick poll: Who reading this hasn’t made any mistakes?
…. No one?
Ok, good. We all in the same boat.
Now that we have that in common let’s dig deeper. What do I mean by mistakes? Sin. But, not just sin. Just common mistakes also. Am I trying to downplay sin by referring to it as a “mistake?” Not at all!
9People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin.
1 John 3:9 Message
So, to commit a sin as a child of God is an act of “Identity-Crisis” or “Mistaken Identity.” It’s as though the Christian has forgotten who they really are. So, they choose the way they’ve always known.
You fall down. You scrape your knee. You get a bandage. You wait. Next thing you realize, it’s better. Restoration is a natural process.
What God does in a moment can take some time to show up in our lives. Just like seeds that are planted in the winter begin to bloom in the spring and then can be harvested in summer.
The permanent restoration of our life’s mistakes has already taken place. The daily restoration of our mistakes happens constantly. His gentle rehabilitation of our sins removes the scales of our “old self” and reminds us of our “true self“.
Hold on. It may be rough right now. It may not look too much better tomorrow. But it will get better. He’s too faithful to leave you where you are. You are His. He takes care of what is His.