At some point in our journey, we’ll all inevitably stumble on our walk with Jesus. However, God wants to forgive us and even finds joy in showing us mercy! The Bible says this about God:
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy (Micah 7:18.)
How amazing is that?! God loves you so much that he finds DELIGHT in forgiving you. God knows that you’ll stumble at times, but He’s overjoyed when you get back up and start fresh again. Here are five things that you can do to get back on path with God after you’ve stumbled:
- Ask God to forgive you of your wrongdoing. This is the first step in repenting and getting back on track with God.
- Decide in your heart that you’ll no longer engage in the behavior. Ask God to remove the desire from your heart, especially if you know that it’s something that you have a hard time stopping. God will help you, but YOU will have to take the necessary steps to change the behavior. This may require changing the people that you spend time with, the places that you go or avoiding other things that may trigger the behavior. Change requires sacrifice, but it’ll be so pleasing to God. Remember, change is a process, and God will forgive you and still love you even when you mess up.
- Forgive yourself! If you’ve repented for your behavior, God has already forgiven you. You don’t have to continue to feel guilty about what you’ve done. The past is the past, so leave it there! This may sound easier said than done, but Satan tries to condemn you and make you feel bad about yourself. Jesus came to deliver you from condemnation, so you don’t have to keep feeling guilty about past decisions. If God has forgiven you, then don’t you think that He wants you to forgive yourself, too?
- Make amends to those whom you may have wronged or hurt. God has forgiven you, but He also tells you to treat other people the way that you want to be treated. If someone hurt you, I’m sure you’d appreciate an apology from that person. So you should offer the same to someone that you may have hurt. Offer a sincere apology and make any reasonable amends (for example, offer to replace anything that you may have taken, etc.). Hopefully the person will receive your apology. However, if s(he) isn’t ready to forgive you, it’s okay. You’ve done what you can do! God will have to work on that person’s heart.
- Seek GOD’s will for your life. Pray, read the Bible and listen to God as He tries to communicate with you! God has some GREAT things in store for YOUR life!
What are some other things that you can do to get back on the right path with God?