There is one attribute of the love of GOD us-ward that is perhaps the greatest, His mercy. We as humans are able to articulate that we recognize the mercies of GOD and should daily. The Bible says in Lamentations 3:22 that, “it is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed”. Also, in numerous places in the scriptures we are reminded that GOD’s mercy endures FOREVER (Psalm 100:5, Psalm 136:26, Psalm 106:1, etc.). The mercy of GOD is so great and inexhaustible yet He is so careful never to give us leftovers; Lamentations then tells us the LORD’s mercies “are new every morning, great is thy [His] faithfulness”.
Because the mercy of GOD is so great it is perplexing that so many believers suffer spiritually from guilt of past sin. People commonly live up to expectations set over them and this does not exclude the expectation they set over themselves. With this in mind, the decisions made after failure can many times be the result of a person figuring low-aim choices are what’s deserved which is to live under the stigma or tarnish of their mistake, which sometimes leads to perpetuating the cycle of the old mistake. I once heard a man of GOD say, “The one thing we can never do is SURPRISE GOD!”
Christians should always strive to “live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of GOD” [Colossians 1:10]. Holiness is heaven’s standard of moral conduct for every born again believer and should always be considered as the relational behavior in our relationship with GOD. The Bible tells us to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD” [Hebrews 12:14]. Holiness is not optional and the capacity to achieve it comes in the package called grace at the time of rebirth. But when we do not make the mark (when we sin) we fortunately have an “advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” [1 John 2:1]. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MERCIES OF GOD THAT WE ARE NOT CONSUMED.
Being that GOD has gone to such great lengths to secure for Himself a people, redeeming them with the blood of His own Son and realizing He made provision for us if we have future failures, why are so many locked in a prison of remorse who have once tasted of the goodness of JESUS CHRIST? It is healthy to feel guilt initially when a fault occurs but becomes dangerous and damaging and becomes a tool Satan uses to rob the believer of their future in CHRIST when it is mulled over. The Bible informs us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:9]; there is nothing that a believer has failed at that GOD does not already know about. GOD is the Father to a believer and every father simply wants their child to come clean and not to make the same mistake again. JESUS gave us the parable of the prodigal son to show us how GOD anticipates the drifter and the lost to come to Him for mercy [Luke 15]. As Father to the believer GOD longs to restore when a believer strays as opposed to firing them as it would be in an employee/employer relationship. Hebrews 4:16 tells us to come to the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help when we need it. Since GOD has placed provision upon provision, there is only one logical answer to why a person who says they love GOD will wallow in perpetual grief, they are listening to the wrong voice.
The Devil will try every tactic possible to strip a believer of their new birth birthright which includes talking them out of forgiving themselves and trying to convince them that GOD will not forgive them. Daily, every believer should tell the LORD JESUS that they love Him and confess to themselves that JESUS loves them. A Christian convinced of the love of GOD wants to live holy, wants to pray, wants to read the word of GOD and worship GOD; no one has to convince you to do something for someone you really love. And once a Christian is convinced of the love of GOD they realize there’s no challenge too great for the mercy of GOD. “For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]