When you make a mistake, do you find yourself mulling it over and over in your mind? As you continue to think about it, you start to feel sick in your stomach, your body starts to ache, and you just can’t seem to think about anything else. It continues to fester until you find it affecting your mood and no one wants to be around you because you snap at them. And then, you find yourself in a funk that you can’t seem to get out of.
Truth be told, we all find ourselves in situations like these. Maybe you did something that hurt someone or you were mistreated by someone you trusted. There are many reasons why we can feel guilt, anger, bitterness, and frustration. Our walls come in many different shapes and sizes. And, what makes it worse is that it seems to be easier than letting go. It is almost like we would rather hold onto the feelings of pain and sorrow because then we can feel justified. You know the old saying, “an eye for an eye”. It is like we hold onto the guilt to justify our pain or we hold onto the anger because it somehow gets back at the person who hurt us.
We are all far from perfect and we are bound to make mistakes. However, we don’t have to feel guilty, angry, or bitter towards ourselves or anyone else. If we ever want to experience a breakthrough, we must tear down the walls in our thinking.
Wrong thoughts lead to wrong actions…
RIGHT THOUGHTS lead to RIGHT ACTIONS. (Eph. 4:22-24)
See, the devil’s plan is to hold you in the guilt, anger, and frustration. He knows that if he can keep you thinking on the pain, you can’t let go of it. Therefore, you find yourself deeper and deeper in the pit; feeling desperate and overwhelmed. The perfect breeding ground for Satan and his cronies.
However, God wants you free from all of it. And better yet, He wants to help. So, why don’t you start getting your thoughts lined up with God’s word. If you feel anger boiling up inside, ask God to replace it with His peace. If a thought comes into your mind telling you that God can’t love you because you messed up too badly, tell Satan to take a flying leap because there is nothing you can do to take God’s love away from you. Not now or ever!
Just remember, be gentle with yourself and others. We are all “works in progress” and it is a step-by-step journey that we embark upon. No matter what mistakes you’ve made, God loves you this very moment and is willing to help you. He will free you from the past and make your future far better than you can imagine! So DREAM BIG because He has some AMAZING THINGS PLANNED FOR YOU!