With a sickening crunch, a piece of my tooth snapped at the back of my
mouth. Shocked, I momentarily paused, anxious about how broken it would be.
Carefully taking out the broken piece of the tooth, I realized it was a
“I can live with it until my next dentist appointment,” I foolishly
thought. “I’m booked in for a check-up in a couple of months anyway.”
How wrong was I? Within hours, I found that the jagged edge of my tooth was
scraping my tongue. It was stabbing me so much that I struggled to speak
properly and kept piercing the offending wound. I knew I would have to do
something about it. I could not live with the pain.
Thankfully, the dental clinic could fit me in. The dentist smoothed away
the sharp edge and patched it up to stop the pain until my tooth could be
fixed properly at my next appointment.
Sometimes my own life has a jagged edge. In this imperfect world I live in,
I constantly make mistakes and choose the wrong decisions. When I do,
whether it’s a tiny or colossal error, it still has the power to hurt me or
others. And when I sin, it also harms my relationship with God. The Holy
Spirit prompts me and reminds me that, like my tooth, my relationship with
God needs repairing.
How wonderful that we have Jesus, who heals our broken relationship with
God. Because Jesus took all our sins upon Himself when He went to the
cross, and then defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave,
everyone who puts their trust in Jesus is forgiven and brought near to God.
Whenever we mess up, we can come to our loving Father, who is always ready
to forgive us and restore what’s been broken. Cindy Lee
Are you living with regrets for something you did wrong in the past?
Whenever we experience guilt, Jesus invites us to repent: to turn away from
our sin and come to Him for forgiveness and healing. Consider taking a
moment to write down or simply reflect on particular sins you’ve committed,
and then offer them up to God and thank Him for His forgiveness. Remember
that no matter what you’ve done, you are deeply loved, and our loving
Father will always forgive you and welcome you with open arms.
If you would like to know more about Jesus’s forgiveness, check out our
“Know Jesus” page.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through him. John 3:17 (NIV)
Psalm 32:1-Psalm 32:5; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 4:14-Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:9; John 3:17