If there is one thing I’ve done really well over the years, and there is NOTHING good about this mind you, it’s rehashing my sin over and again AFTER I have sought and received the Lord’s forgiveness. Countless times, I have revisited in my mind – and emotions – how badly I messed up in various matters with one matter in particular. And I can promise you this. Not only does rehashing our sin once we have repented go AGAINST God’s Word and belittle His amazing love and mercy, but we open wide the door to the devil when we do this. How so?
When God forgives us but we condemn ourselves continually, we are more than likely too distracted, preoccupied, discouraged, upset, down, depressed, broken, feeling inadequate, miserable, etc. to be wholly available to obey God’s greatest commands to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves and to fulfill God’s will for our lives. Just what the devil wants to accomplish in his ever sickening efforts to try to steal, kill, and destroy in our lives (John 10:10).
Friend, we need to strive hard to repent when we need to repent, to receive God’s loving mercy and grace when He bestows it upon us, and to go forward with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord in humbly and faithfully following Him rather than to wallow in the muck and yuck of self-condemnation.
Let us press on in loving and following the Lord with ALL our hearts! Amen!
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16