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  • Writer's pictureKarin Thompson


Through our journey in life, we come to realise that we may have made some wrong decisions, wrong choices, and consequently wrong actions. But hindsight can teach us one thing, that we must learn from our mistakes and glean the wisdom we need from them to have a brighter and better future.

We need to forgive ourselves for mistakes that we may have made that took us on a path that we would rather not have been on. Maybe you had a heap of plans for your life and it has turned out quite the opposite to what you wanted.

Know that every decision you made in the past was made with the information you currently had at the time. It was made with all the “light” you had on the situation then. Now you may have more information and more wisdom as you have matured and changed, but at the time, it was the best you knew to do. So, forgive yourself if you think you did wrong. You were doing the best you could with what you had.

Surely if you knew it would be so wrong, you would not have done it. Being hard on yourself only hinders your self-respect and the confidence you need to make future decisions. Learn from your mistakes and be bold to step forward, knowing that the Holy Spirit is leading you and directing you as you move ahead.

Trust God with the decisions you make in the future and don’t be in a hurry to make sudden decisions. Don’t look back like Lot’s wife did at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah but keep looking and moving forward. Forgive yourself, allow the hurts to heal, be bold and full of confidence that you are stronger and wiser now.

Manage the decision you have made and believe God to turn them out for your best. God is not holding your past against you, so why should you? If you need to repent, do so and know that God forgives you and you should forgive yourself too.

Scripture references

1 John 1:9

Psalm 32:5

Colossians 2:13-14

Romans 4:7-8

2 Chronicles 30:9

Your choices are the only thing you can control

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