Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Than Our Mistakes

For the next few weeks, we will be doing a sermon series called "More Than." We will be exploring the things that hold us back from being fully who God has called us to be. 

An enduring question in my own life and in the lives of others, "Does God really forgive my mistakes?" 

This is no doubt a complex question. 

If we were raised in a home where we were not loved and/or appreciated... we probably felt like a mistake. We felt like we were not valued or loved. So every time we made a wrong decision or sinned... we were reminded of a harsh truth, "My parents were right... I was a mistake...just look at my life." We hold on to our sins closely. We bare the burden of our mistakes.   

Or maybe we have been hurt in relationships. A friendship or a marriage deteriorated because of something we did. And it never reconciled. So we bring this to our relationship with God. 

There is a lot of us who say "we love Jesus" but have never accepted this beautiful offer of God's forgiveness. 

Jesus asked a question whether physical healing was greater than spiritual healing. What good is a healed body if our souls are tormented by our wrongs?

Being fully who God desires us to be is accepting the gift of forgiveness. We can't get around it. God loves us. God died for us. God lives for us! And God wants us to be free from our wrongs and mistakes! 

You are more than your mistakes. You are a child of God!