Do you ever find yourself asking:
Why have I made so many mistakes in my life? Why must I seem to always learn the hard way?
Why has my life not turned out the way I envisioned? Why have I experienced so much disappointment and pain?
Why do I sometimes feel so different from everyone else? It just doesn’t seem like other Christians struggle with the things that I do.
Why have I become so cynical regarding life? What has happened to the joy that I once experienced as a Christian?
I think that some of us believe that we really don’t matter to God very much. Some of us would affirm that he loves the world and that he is a loving God. However, we are convinced that we are somehow disqualified to fully receive his love. We may say that he loves the world but we think that we have messed up too much
Sure God forgives, but I had an abortion and I know that he will always hold that against me.
Sure God forgives, but I had an affair a few years ago. I never dreamed that I would do something like that.
Sure God forgives, but my whole life is littered with a string of broken relationships.
Sure God forgives, but I feel like such a failure as a parent. I can’t believe the way my kids turned out.
Sure God forgives, but I know that I have always been one big disappointment to God.
Do you know that God really will give you a fresh start? The Biblical writers often remind us that they too had received fresh starts (Read again Eph. 2:1-9 and I Cor. 6:9-11). Do you know that his care for you is greater than you failure? Do you know that Jesusâ€™ work on the cross and his resurrection has given us hope for a new start? (Rom. 5:6-8)
It is not too late to have a fresh start.
No matter what!