Seek Forgiveness

Do you recognize your failures? Are you aware when you fall short of achieving a task? Do you berate yourself for missing the mark? Are you driven to overcome the failure with success in the future? Do you apply this same attitude to your walk with God?

Many of us are driven to succeed. We work hard to accomplish our tasks in our jobs. Often, we put in extra time to improve ourselves professionally. If we fail to complete a task at the standard we’ve set for ourselves or our boss has set, we work even harder to do better at the next task.

For many of us, failure is not an option. We won’t give up when we fail, we’ll simply put more effort into succeeding in the future. We may study, read, practice, or take on any number of other improvement initiatives.

Unfortunately, we don’t apply this method to the way we live our lives. What do I mean by that? We don’t seek to do better in our attitudes, our health, the way we treat others, our emotional well-being, nor our spiritual health. What we apply to our jobs is discarded when it comes to self-improvement.

If we were to read, study, and strive to improve ourselves emotionally, physically, and spiritually, we would find ourselves much better off. We fail to realize we need all three of these to be healthy and well-balanced to truly enjoy our lives. If we do come to this realization, it is often late in life when we must overcome other challenges as well.

Often it is our spiritual health that suffers the most. We fail to see our own sin. We fail to study, read, and practice spiritual strengthening exercises. We fail to pray as often as we should. We fail to seek God’s guidance in everything we do. We fail to ask God for forgiveness.

We need to pray, confessing our failures to meet God’s expectations and asking for His forgiveness. Our spirit needs this cleansing. We need to ask God to guide us as we read His word and strive to improve our spiritual well-being. As we do so, we will see our lives improve.

I pray we all seek God’s guidance and forgiveness. I pray we strive to walk more in step with God each day. I pray each one of us will confess our sin and seek to remove it from our lives. Seek God’s guidance. Ask for God’s forgiveness. Confess your sin. Seek to eliminate sin. Trust God. God is patiently waiting for you.

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love; 

according to your great compassion 

blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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