Continued from here.
As I shared in my last blog entry, I have many regrets about choices I have made throughout my life. However, I have been walking with God long enough to see Him take those very things I regret and work them for good. As an example, God used the very sin that caused me a year’s worth of agony to open a door He wanted me to walk through in a later season of life. I cannot put into words how awe-inspiring it is to see God take the very thing I regret and use it for good to accomplish His purposes later. With God, NOTHING is wasted.
As I look back over my life, I see how God has taken the very things I regret the most and woven them into the tapestry of my story to create something beautiful. While I continue to feel remorse on the rare occasions I think about those experiences, I feel no guilt because I know God has forgiven me. Many of those mistakes and poor choice are woven into my testimony, and God uses them today to reach other people who have either made similar poor choices or who are on the verge of doing so. What the enemy intended for harm, God now uses for good.
While you are in the midst of a difficult situation, it can be difficult to believe that God can work even this for good, but He can! He can take your most broken, vulnerable places and turn them into something that brings beauty. I believe that’s one reason the Bible urges us to tell our story. It actually overcomes the enemy!
If I always got it right, I wouldn’t be of much encouragement to anyone who doesn’t. And, let’s face it, none of us gets it all right. However, when I share with you my weaknesses and faults and you see the victory in my life, you are encouraged that this can be your story as well. We don’t have to walk perfectly to have a relationship with God. If we did, only Jesus would have a relationship with the Father. Instead, we need to walk in repentance followed by obedience, never allowing guilt to immobilize us. Instead, we need to encourage one another, trusting that God is in control and can work even this for good.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace wrapped in a blanket. Courtesy Bitmoji.]