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I’m a pretty tough critic of my own actions. When I mess up, I really beat myself up about it. I rehash the situation in my head over and over. I rehearse what I could have done differently. I get angry at myself for not being perfect.

It’s true. I’m not perfect. None of us are. We mess up daily. Not a day goes by where we do not sin. Yet God continues to mold us, refine us and purify us. As a silversmith sits patiently over a bubbling pot of liquid silver, skimming off the ugly impurities, God tenderly works at turning us into something beautiful and pure. He does not lose hope, even when we are most disgusted with ourselves. It’s refreshing when we truly realize that God “knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.”

Knowing this should not give us license to act ungodly or live carelessly. It should move us to gratitude alongside rapid repentance. During those inevitable times when we mess up, when we truly realize how human we really are, we can still come back. I John 1:9 promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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