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Five Steps to Get Back on Path With God!

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?

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  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 30, 2011 at 16:41

    One thing you can do is watch the crucifiction of Jesus Christ from Passion Of The Christ on youtube That made me want to get back on path with him so he didin’t die for nothing. *Warning* You might bawl like a baby,I know I did!

  2. Posted by on October 24, 2011 at 16:37

    I was stumbling with confusion and false guilt so bad that I was ready to kill myself. But putting my faith in God led me to secrets He was just waiting to show me, and peace again. Now, to leave the problem in the past and not let it consume me again…

  3. Posted by on October 23, 2011 at 19:27

    thanks so much! I truly think this website is amazing and what you do is amazing. I go to church with my family and I go to youth group and bible study every week. I love Jesus with all that I am. I also am tutoring a young girl at the elementry school I went to. She has a rough home life and sees a lot. I love knowing I can show her God’s grace and I can change her life.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 25, 2011 at 12:59

      aww that makes me feel so good, thank you Leah!!

  4. Posted by on October 23, 2011 at 14:09

    I love this article soo mcuh. It has helped me tremeduously 🙂

  5. Posted by on October 21, 2011 at 14:07

    Thx for posting this! I really needed to read this to get back on the road to god. 🙂

  6. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 06:13

    Thanks Aysha! This is really want i need in order to start my journey with God.

  7. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 11:21

    yea god is my hero my savior and i love him and i am scared of him

  8. Posted by on October 18, 2011 at 11:30

    hey thanks for posting this i really neede this! Another Thing You Can do is talk to a church Pastor 🙂

  9. Posted by on October 18, 2011 at 02:19

    I feel like I’m in this hopeless cycle where I promise not to do something, but end up doing it again and again. I honestly try and feel terrible, but it’s really hard to keep away from sin. Will God continue forgiving me over and over again? I feel like he’ll get tired of it.

    • SpookyTuna

      Posted by SpookyTuna on March 12, 2018 at 16:16

      I’ve been in a cycle between sin and forgiveness for a long time, too. What I’ve learned is that when you just can’t seem to surrender the sin away, there is something that God wants you to learn or experience that will strengthen your faith. Pray and make efforts to rid yourself of sin, and you can make it out of the abyss through God’s power. God has the BEST sense of timing, and he has good plans for you, not plans of evil. Trust in Him!

    • Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 04:30

      I feel the same way!!! I know I want to go to heaven someday, but I feel like I can’t give up my sin. Its like I dont have a good relationship with God and I only want to come to Him so I dont have to suffer with hell.

  10. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 15:59

    I loved it!

  11. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 15:59

    Thanks it inspired me!

  12. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 07:29

    I needed this article so bad. It made me think about my recent behavior…Thanks! I’ll write these down in my diary and follow through 🙂

  13. Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:19

    my friend needs this so im gonna tell her bout it

  14. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 16:50

    Thank you so much for this Aysha! I needed this article badly. I was stumbling so much that all I could do was cry.

  15. Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 14:28

    Thanks I needed this! 😀