When you’ve screwed up BIG TIME

The voice of the accuser whispers, “You call yourself a Christian?”

Condemnation murmurs in your ear, “See, I told you you’d never make it.”

The Liar breathes a satisfied smile because he’s got you right where he wants you: down. Down in sin. Down in failure. Down in heart.

But there is another voice. The still small quiet voice that waits in silence for you to turn your eyes and ears to Him. He knows what you’ve done and does not accuse. The temptation you succumbed to? He is not reviled by it. He is not ashamed of you. Listen to me: He is not ashamed of you. For He knows you are weak. There is only One who is perfect in all His ways. (1 Kings 19:12, 2 Samuel 22:31)

You’ve got to get this: Condemnation is from satan. Conviction is from God. There is a difference.

Your failure has left you low and you wonder who your friends are. The voice of condemnation will tell you he’s your friend, that he’s just like you. But he’s not. He’s not because real friends don’t glory in your failure. Real friends don’t rejoice in your suffering. Real friends don’t encourage sin.

Casting Crowns – “Jesus, Friend Of Sinners” lyrics

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart dividedOh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yoursYeah…Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You didOh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yoursYou love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah…
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

The voice of conviction is not a cheering crowd leading you into temptation, but a quiet Presence urging stillness. “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10) He is well aware of your weakness and, unlike the adversary, He does not take pleasure in your weakness. Yet He deems your weakness as good. Good because weakness is where He works best. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)

For every screw up, there is grace. For every mistake, every failure, every sin, grace is greater. You are not defined by your failures. You are defined by HIM.

You are loved. Loved in your sin, in your mess, and in your shame. Loved, not after you clean yourself up, but while you clean yourself up. And the best part? You don’t do it alone. You have a Father who kneels down, dips the cloth into the cleansing water of Christ, and washes you clean. He is a good, good Father. Your sin is not greater than His grace. Take courage, dear friend.

Blessings,

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