When was the last time you felt like a failure? It could have been as long ago as ten years, or for me, less than 72 hours ago, but we all have times when we feel like failures. And it’s definitely true that we all fail. Because we are human, we miss the mark and don’t live up to our potential.
Have you ever stopped to think about how many of the ten commandments King David broke? Do the exercise. It might surprise you…. but then it might encourage you, because after all of that, he was still called a “man after God’s own heart.”
They key to getting beyond our failures is to honestly repent and be willing to believe that God has forgiven us. Check out some verses from Psalm 51 when David was calling out to God after Nathan confronted him following his sin with Bathsheba:
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
If we have a broken and contrite heart, God sees that. He knows our hearts and He is there, through Jesus, to forgive us, no matter how many times we fail.