I Blew It—How Could I Set It Straight?

God sometimes reminds us that we are works in progress. This gives us hope and keeps us humble.

Many years ago, I handled a situation with a fellow believer in a harsh, critical, legalistic way. At the time I felt I'd done the right thing.

But a few years later as I matured in the Lord, I realized I'd blown it. My heart wasn't right at the time, and it had affected my actions. 

Because I'd moved to a different state and lost touch with this person, I hunted down his contact info, emailed him, and asked him to forgive me.

A few days later he emailed back, admitted he'd been hurt, and forgave me. He let me know he appreciated my apology.

I was disappointed that it had taken me years to get to the place where I understood my sin in this situation. But I was also encouraged that I wasn't the same person I used to be.

As we "work out our salvation with fear and trembling," God "works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose" (Philippians 2:12-13).

I'm grateful that we're works in progress—God isn't finished with us yet! (Philippians 3:10-17)

If you have something on your conscience, I encourage you to ask forgiveness from God and any whom you've offended. It can be hard to do, but it's important for our spiritual maturity.

Why not do a short, nutritious Bible study on this devotion and discover the four things I learned about Christian growth from this situation. Just click HERE.


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Contrite or Making Excuses?

There's no Such Thing as Good Sins

That's Just the Way I Am

The True Gospel Makes Us Sad Before It Makes Us Happy 

God sometimes reminds us that we are works in progress. This gives us hope and keeps us humble.

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