Hello My Lovlies!!!
We all stumble on the path set before us by God. No one is perfect and God knows that. He still loves us and wants us despite our failings. However, sometimes it is hard to remember this when we constantly seem to be messing up. We may start to feel like we are a bad Christian or we seem to be always be going backwards and barely ever forward. My current battle is my impatience and anger. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I seem to always be mad when someone does something that isn't my way. I will often lay in my bed at night and dwell on how badly I handled a situation that day despite the fact that the night before I was having the same thoughts and had vowed not to get mad.
However, we need to remember that God loves us no matter how many times we mess up. While it may seem we are doing horrible acknowledging our mistakes is the first step. At least we are realizing that there is something we need to fix. Going back to God every time and asking him for help is what we have to do. We may not realize it right away but he is working on us.
Also think about your day. While you may have messed up 10 times did you succeed at least once? Take the day as a victory! Tomorrow will be another battle, but for today thank God for working on you and ask him to continue to help you with your problem the next day. I've had this happen to me recently. One time I got mad at my dad for trying to help me with dinner when I felt like I had it under control. I snapped at him and it made him get angry and defensive. I felt horrible afterwards. I remember praying about it to God that night and telling him how much I hated doing things that hurt my family and asked him to please help me with my anger. A few days later, a similar situation happened and instead of getting angry I allowed my self to give up some control and gave him a job to do to help me. I did not realize it till later that night, but I realized what had happened. I had succeeded at something where I had once failed. God had done work on me!
Finally, remember that whatever you are facing will probably not totally disappear. I realize that I will never totally be able to get rid of my impatience and anger (I don't think there is anyone in the world who has never gotten angry!). However, I can try to control how I handle situations when I grow frustrated. Instead, of yelling and screaming I can try to settle down and seek a more rational and calmer way to respond. This is much more effective than attacking the person and can save the moment and relationship.
I hope this may help some people to realize that we all make mistakes, but God will always love us no matter what! Here are a few verses to help!
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."- Philippians 1:6
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead."- Philippians 3:13
"...Stand firm in the Lord..."- Philippians 4:1