“If you have failed and you are filled with despair, with no idea where to turn for inspiration and strength, remember then the compassion of Jesus. In the power of His love He encourages you to persevere and to rebuild your life”. Solly Ozrovech
One of the most comforting verses God put into the Bible is the one that says “…though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:24) If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and truly desire to serve the Lord and live our lives as His children the following verse will apply to us “If the Lord delights in a man’s way he makes his steps firm” (Psalm 37:23) . It doesn’t matter how many times we may fail or feel we have blown it – if we are prepared to go before Him and confess our sins He says “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)
Jesus knows exactly what we are like. In fact He made allowances for our bad behavior when He answered Peter’s question “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21 & 22)
He knew that we would need to come before Him time and time again to ask forgiveness for the same sin.
I often feel that nothing in my life changes. That I am still the same person I was before I accepted Christ as my Saviour. That I will never gain victory over certain sins/wrong behavior/bad habits in my life. I go before God and ask for forgiveness time and time again for exactly the same ‘sin’. It is then, in that moment of despair, that I cry out to God to give me the faith and the assurance that I am forgiven and I hear Him say “I am the One who began the good work within you and I will keep right on helping you grow in My grace until My task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns” (Philippians 1:6)
To back that up He put this in the Bible as well for whenever our hearts condemn us
“ For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” (1 John 3:20)