Have you ever just completely messed up? I know I have. You find yourself amid the wreckage of something you tried to accomplish and you know you failed. Your situation seems hopeless and the guilt of your sin is overwhelming, but God is still on the throne.
The people of Israel felt that way in Nehemiah 8. They had the law read to them, and they realized that they had failed to follow God. They had made some serious mistakes. In fact, the Bible says, "For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law." These people were guilty and they knew it. They were feeling their guilt, but Ezra tells them something.
He says, "Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength." He basically told them to enjoy the holiday anyway. He commanded them to rejoice! I know some may think that this is truly a special situation, but I would apply the same principles to Christians today.
If you have failed recently, don’t weep and languish in guilt! That is not God’s plan. Get up, dust yourself off, ask God to cleanse you, and walk in His righteousness! God wants you to live a victorious life. You aren’t called to focus on your failures. Remain in the joy of the Lord. Know that He is working in you to perfect you and He will work all things to His good pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, sin is sin, and we must take action so that we keep away from it, but we do not have to live in it’s guilt. Jesus died so we don’t have to live in that guilt. Let’s claim Christ’s payment and begin to focus on Christ’s victory, not our failures.
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." – Isaiah 61:10