God understands mistakes, and He doesn’t force you to carry them as a life sentence as long as you are sorry and repent. Arrogant defiance and rebellion cause that life sentence, and it’s by our own choice.

“…and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.””  Mark 1:15 (ESV)


As humans, we are creatures of habit and emotion. Unfortunately, living by emotion gets us into some severe difficulties at times. And those emotions are habits that we seem to run back to without a second thought when things get stressful.

It is inevitable that at some point you will run into circumstances that are going to cause you to have to make a decision to do the right thing or the wrong thing – it’s just a fact of life.  If you choose to do the wrong thing, it will cause damage somewhere to someone. Sometimes you decide to undo what you’ve done and do the right thing, to try to put things back to right. This is where the habits come in. Your emotions can be involved in what has happened, and they are going to swing you wildly all around at the drop of a hat. It is crucial that you can step back from whatever is tripping your emotions and to look objectively at the entire situation. In this way, you can remember your ultimate goal of doing good, and can act accordingly instead of impulsively.

Do good, because good fosters more good.

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:17