Romans 10:11 — For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (NIV).
When I was a teenager, and through my college years, our family had a beagle named Bailey. My parents rescued her from somewhere in the Dallas area. I never thought Dad would buy another dog because we had a rough experience with our previous one, but he caved.
One of the beautiful things about Bailey was she was potty-trained when we got her. The only thing we really had to do was teach her where to go when she needed to go—the backyard. My dad showed her the door and led her into the backyard just a few times before she had it down. Bailey was a brilliant dog.
She was also stubborn as a mule; and as she got older, she became increasingly lazy. This added up to her not always going to the bathroom in the backyard. It wasn’t often, but every once in a while she would do her business on the carpet somewhere. And when she did, Bailey would always tell on herself. She couldn’t help it. She’d slump into whatever room we were in, cower at our feet, hang her head, and look up at us with her shame-filled, puppy dog eyes. She would get in trouble and depression would set in for several hours.
I think a lot of people live their lives the same way. You might be one of them. You know the difference between right and wrong, but sometimes you mess up. And when you do, you go into mourning, fearing God is going to throw the proverbial book at you. Nothing could be further from the truth. He has already forgiven you and will never put you to shame. Sure, He wants you to repent and learn from your mistakes, but He doesn’t want you to live in fear of making a mistake or with guilt when you do.
Be encouraged today. God is not waiting for you to make a mistake; He’s waiting to restore you when you do.
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