Whether by failing or through a flaw, or by mistake or misdeed, or through error or offence, we are all, at times, at fault. Thankfully God will not love us any more or less as a result of our behaviour and we can be grateful that we are each a work in progress, as he carries out his transformative work in us.
As David noted in Psalm 19:12 (NIV), ‘But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.’
The apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy offers some advice on how to live. Read the following verses slowly three times and make a note of which verses are highlighted for you today.
But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
1 Timothy 6:11-14 (NLT)
Now choose a phrase or verse and ponder on it for a few minutes. Turn it over and over in your mind, let it sink into your heart and listen to what God wants to say to you through it.
Read the verse below, from the letter of Jude before ending with prayer and gratefulness for what you have received from God during this time of reflection.
Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.