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I made a mistake last week. Actually, I made several mistakes last week. One mistake that I am aware of hurt someone else’s feelings. I did not intentional hurt the person’s feelings, but I did hurt them by my mistake.
Sometimes are mistakes hurt other people. Sometimes they just hurt us. We realize the mistake, the lapse, the error, the forgotten task, and we beat ourselves up. We sometimes expect too much of ourselves. Then, in the midst of guilt, shame, regret, and condemnation, we may feel that we have let God down. We wonder how God can ever love and accept us.
The truth is that we all make mistakes. We make a lot of mistakes. We are not perfect. No matter how large or small the mistakes, God loves us. God loves us without conditions, which means that we do not have to have a certain percentage of goodness to be loved.
When we confess our sins and our mistakes to God, God forgives us. We are not only loved, but we are offered forgiveness. It is our job to receive that forgiveness and to accept ourselves as we are. This does not mean that we will not work on making less mistakes, but it does mean that we will accept our imperfection.
Today, accept God’s love and forgiveness. Confess your mistakes and try to let them go. Accept that none of us are perfect. We don’t have to be perfect to be loved by God. Let go of the negative feelings and allow God’s peace and love to flow in and through you.