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I’ve done some pretty awful things

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I’ve done some pretty awful things in my life. How could God forgive me for what I’ve done?

Recognizing that you’ve done wrong is 90 percent of the battle.

Usually people who build up years of wrong actions also have built a shell around their hearts. This shell protects them from feeling guilty about what they’ve done. As the shell gets harder and thicker, they continue in a downward spiral, doing more and more wrong things.

Jeremiah looked at the human tendency to sin and came to this conclusion: 'The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?' (Jer 17:9).

As you’ll notice, this passage doesn’t say that some people’s hearts are more wicked than others. All of us have the potential for destructive actions.

But there’s good news. Check out Isaiah 1:18: '‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the LORD ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.’'

God isn’t shocked by anything you’ve done. He’s willing to forgive you if you let him.

So, don’t give up—give in . . . to God. Ask him to forgive you and help you start over.