The weather has broken this week here in England. The last couple of days have been full of sunshine, pleasant breezes, and birds twittering. It’s a brand-new season, a brand-new start, Spring.
And this Spring, though it may only last for this week, this new start, this reviving of the earth after a cold winter, makes me think of my own life.
There are so many times in life that I want to start over anew. Whether it’s a word I shouldn’t have said, a turn I regret taking, or a service I neglected, I would rather go back and change it. And if I could, start over and try again.
This is true as a mom too. Maybe I snapped at a mom at play group, I wasn’t consistent in disciplining my daughter during the day, I resented my husband because he didn’t do things the way I would’ve… all things that I would go back and change if I could.
Where’s the restart button?
The ultimate restart button was when Jesus died on the cross. He took my place, died for my debt, and made a way for all my “restarts” to be possible. When you believe in Jesus as your savior, you are washed completely clean of sin by His blood on the cross. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins area as scarlet, They will be as white as snow.”
Before Christ came to earth, we had no hope, no respite, no future. But He changed all of that. He bore our punishment in His death on the cross so that we could start over, so that we could restart.
And our Father has given us a restart button. We can press it over and over again, as many times as we need to throughout the day.
The restart button is confession and repentance.
We confess our sin by agreeing with God that what we’ve done is wrong. And then we repent of sin by turning away from sin.
John explained it well, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) When we’ve done wrong, made those mistakes and bad choices, then confess, He will always forgive because Jesus has already paid for all of our sins. That’s how we press the restart button.
So, go to the Lord when you’ve fallen in sin, when you’ve snapped, murmured, gossiped, and lied. Repent of your sin, turn away from it and turn to Christ. He is ready to forgive because He has paid the price.
Pray in those moments when you are overcome with regret or guilt for the choices you’ve made and things you’ve done. Confess your wrongs before the Lord, even if it’s for the umpteenth time today, do it. God’s grace is deep enough for all of our mistakes.
So, as a new season starts on the calendar I am reminded of, and ever so grateful for, the greatest restart ever, salvation. And that we are able to restart, be washed clean, by His grace and mercy every day.