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1. Focus on God’s love, not your mistakes
First, God wants us to know that we can move past our mistakes.
2. Confess your sins to God
Secondly, God wants us to admit our guilt.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:2-3
In verse 5, David says, “I was sinful at birth.”
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth of God is not in us. 1 John 1:8
3. Allow God to work in the midst of your brokenness
Thirdly, God wants to use our brokenness to grow us.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop. Psalm 51:6-7
Let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Psalm 51:8b
The word “crushed” means broken and oppressed.
4. Forsake your sinful ways
Fourthly, God wants us to leave behind our old ways.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
5. Allow God to help you deal with the consequences
The fifth thing we learn is that we need to know and remember when we’ve blown it.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12
6. Allow God to use your mistakes for ministry
The sixth thing we need to remember is that God wants to turn our mistakes into ministry opportunities.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13
In Christ, we have redemption through his blood. Ephesians 1:7
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
As far as the east is from the west, so he has removed our transgressions, our sins, from us. Psalm 103:12