Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
My mom once shared with me the things that she felt that she “got wrong” as a parent raising me. But for each one that she mentioned, I pointed out that those decisions created situations for my personality to be molded into what it is today. Those things strengthened me and grew some of my favorite characteristics that I know about myself today.
You see, even what she might have thought was bad or wrong – God turned it and used it for His purpose. I don’t say this to encourage anyone to sin, but to show you how faith and love are greater than rules – because of God. Without God, our mistakes and our rebellion would mean doom and destruction all around us.
Mom thought that she had made mistakes, but she had Christ with her, guiding her. So even those things she didn’t expect to work out for good, even those decisions she had worried over with regret for years – the Lord proved faithful and turned them into glory and honor in His name.
And this is the glory and the wonder of the ways of God – He can redeem your life. He can redeem and turn it around for His glory and honor. He can take someone like me that lived so deeply surrounded by the darkness of evil, and then turn it against His enemies in a flash of grace, belief, and faith.
You can have Christ redeem your life.
You can be greatly used.
You can see even what you thought were mistakes turned and redeemed into a testimony that can help others.
Draw close to the Lord in prayer, time in the Word, and in fellowship with other believers.
Know and see evidence of this Holy Spirit of Christ that lives in you.
Light the fire of your faith and watch it refine your life and prove the faithfulness of God’s promises.