Morning Coffee with Jesus - December 9, 2009
Greetings loved ones!
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Acts 4:19-20. “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Mistakes. We all make them. If you are like me, you can look back over your life and see how the mistakes you made have influenced your decisions regarding people, relationships, finances, education, faith, health, and so much more.
I’m sure you have heard the old adage, “To err is human.” That statement is very true but while to err is human, to repeat that error is just plain stupid. If we don’t learn from our mistakes, we are bound to repeat them. The pain associated with mistakes we make, especially repeated mistakes, can last a lifetime and when our mistakes touch others’ lives it can influence the way another person thinks and acts. But God can also use those mistakes to change us.
If we are wise, we not only learn from our mistakes but we grow from them as well. Growing from our mistakes means that we have searched deep within ourselves to determine why we made the mistake in the first place, how that mistake could have been avoided, and what to do to ensure we don’t repeat the mistake.
Also important is that once we do recognize our mistakes we come to God, ask His forgiveness, and truly trust that His redemptive work on the cross at Calvary has restored our relationship. Then we are to go and make amends with those who may have been hurt because of that mistake.
The Apostle Peter knew how it felt to make a mistake when he denied knowing Jesus not once or twice, but three times. How heart breaking it must have been for him when he heard that rooster crow! Nonetheless, the above scripture is a clear indication that Peter learned from his mistake.
What mistakes have you made for which you have not repented? Whom do you need to seek out to ask for forgiveness for a mistake made? As today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” is Holy Spirit-inspired, allow the Holy Spirit to make you aware of those mistakes requiring forgiveness. Then, take care of it! Don’t allow that separation between you and God and you and another person (or persons) to exist.
Rest assured that I have been there – recently. I understand the enormity of the task but also know the peace that forgiveness brings and that is a precious and priceless gift.
Have an awesome day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today.