We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
We may grow impatient with ourselves when we continue to run into the same sins over and over again. This may cause us to get discouraged, or we may be afraid that we are doomed to relapse.
Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times? ‘No, not seven times,' Jesus replied, ‘but seventy times seven!' " (Matthew 18:21-22). If this is to be our attitude toward others, doesn't it make sense that we should extend the same grace to ourselves? We need to be patient with ourselves.
Paul wrote, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love" (Romans 5:3-5).
Learning to wait patiently is an important characteristic for us to develop. Each time we admit wrong and accept God's forgiveness, our hope of salvation has a chance to be exercised and to grow stronger. We no longer have to hide in shame every time we slip. We can admit our wrongs and move on. God's love is reaffirmed every time we rely on it. In this way, God helps us to hold our heads high no matter what happens.
Our repeated failures afford us repeated opportunities for healing and growth.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.