Sometimes we mess up in ways people would deem unredeemable. We can’t necessarily call them mistakes because we knew what we were doing, knew it was wrong, and still did it. At some point, some of us start to believe that because others can’t forgive us, neither can God. But that is completely false.
Something we have to remember is that God created us just the way we are. That isn’t to excuse our behaviors, our actions can still be harmful and sinful, but that doesn’t mean we ourselves are terrible people. None of us were meant to be perfect, if we were, he wouldn’t have made us human. He knew that all of us were sinful creatures when he created us and still loved us anyway.
Just because we have messed up, doesn’t mean we should give up. Keep seeking out guidance from God, and listening to his word. You may not know that he spoke to you but he has, and all of what he has said has been recorded in the Bible. Do not give up on God, he has not given up on you.
“Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” Hebrews 12:3(NLT)
Even though the people treated him horribly the day he hung on the cross for our sins, he still loved them and begged his father to forgive them. Most of us wouldn’t be able to be nearly as forgiving as he was for them that day, and nothing about him has changed since then. He is still a loving God willing to take us back with open arms, all we have to do is accept it.
Making mistakes doesn’t make you terrible, it’s how you learn. Lately I have been learning how to drive. My parents guide me through it every step of the way, and even when I know the rules and hear what they’re saying I will still sometimes make mistakes. Even excellent drivers who have been driving for years still say they make driving mistakes from time to time. And that’s ok! It doesn’t mean that we’re horrible drivers, it just means that we messed up and we try to do better tomorrow. If we didn’t learn from our mistakes, our mistakes could cause an accident, which is why we have to learn to not make them again.
No matter what mistakes you make, you have to be willing to try to do better next time. If we don’t learn from our mistakes we will be stuck in the same loop. God knew who we were when he created us, he isn’t going to be surprised when we mess up. So when you mess up, don’t give up, seek him out and pray that if you ever run into the situation again, you will make a better choice. Mistakes don’t make you terrible, they make you wiser. So don’t give up on him or yourself, just try again tomorrow.