Thank God for learning experiences.
Some of our greatest faith comes from our greatest hurt. Some of our strengths come from our disappointments. There are some days, or weeks that we just blow it. Usually those are the moments we learn from the most.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Unfortunately, because we are human, mistakes are inevitable. We will say all the wrong things, we will sin, we will certainly fall short in so many ways. Some days, we will fall flat on our face and our walk with God will feel impossible. I’ve had one of those weeks where I feel like I keep saying and doing all the wrong things. One day this week, I literally fell smack on my face in front of our bible study group (it was pretty embarrassing, but also a perfect metaphor for the week). These moments will occur in our life, but 2 Corinthians tells us that Christ’s power is shown through our weaknesses (and we have many).
In our greatest disappointment, in our most difficult hardship, in our most gripping sin, Christ is greater and can be shown victorious in our lives. There’s nothing like a severely hard time to wake us up to change things the second time around.
Grace is there for a reason. Grace is not there so we can keep on sinning.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Romans 6:1-2 NIV
Grace is there to prove that God is greater. Although it was a horrible time, God power is made known through your weakness. You are now better because of what you learned and you can now encourage others to not make the same mistakes.
As soon as you ask for forgiveness, God forgets. You need to take the step to forgive yourself (which can be the hardest part) and now move into the destiny that God has planned for you. Don’t live in guilt, but delight in the fact that God has done a mighty work in you.