The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NRSV)
When I was a child I got in a fight with my best friend. As most childhood arguments go it was over something trivial. I was so upset that I took a multi-colored crayon and expressed my feelings about him. The problem was I didn’t do this on paper, but on the side of my house. Imagine the shocked look that my parents had when they finally got a glimpse of my masterpiece.
My dad yelled my name, and I courageously barricaded myself in the bathroom hoping to escape the wrath to come. When I emerged from my hideout I was not met with yelling or a spanking, but with a concern on why I would do such a thing. I pleaded my case, was told that if I was truly sorry that I would do something about it. My dad handed me a paintbrush, a can of paint, and told me to go say sorry to my friend.
The point I’m trying to get across is that we all do something that we regret. Like this scenario from my childhood we try to hide and pretend that it didn’t happen. My parents are wonderful people, and they showed me incredible love and patience that day. It is the same in our relationship with the Lord. His love and mercy are always available. He is faithful to forgive us even when we have trouble forgiving ourselves. Is there anything you have been holding onto? Pray, and give it to the Lord. In 1 John 1:9 we read “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (NRSV). Let Him love you and forgive you for everything you have ever done.