In my job, I have often found myself caught up in endlessly revising emails, worrying about the smallest details. At times, it’s quite paralyzing.
One thing that has freed me in recent days is this phrase from the Holy Spirit:
“Whatever you want to do is right.”
That means that if I mess up a word or a punctuation mark in an email, God will make it right. Either people will not see the mistake, or they will understand despite the mistake, or something better will happen. But it doesn’t matter that I made the mistake, because God worked it out.
In the Holy Spirit, we have all of the direction that we need, all of the wisdom that we need, and all of the grace that we need to. So we can go about our lives in confidence instead of fear, because we know that there is grace for mistakes.
We also understand that God gives us holy desires as we walk and rest in him. So we only want to do the things that please God. That doesn’t mean that we don’t mess up, but it does mean that even if we make a mistake, God will make it right.
So if we walk in the Spirit (actively communing with the Holy Spirit at all times), we tend to make mistakes less often…
…but even if we do make mistakes, God makes it right anyway.
There is plenty of grace available at all times, in every situation.
One definition of grace is, ‘God’s supernatural empowerment for life, given to us out of his abundant love.’
Through the shed blood of Christ, we are given a new nature. Our new nature wants to do good. Therefore we have good and holy desires.
Perhaps there are other desires that war inside our minds at times (a subjective truth), but our true desires (an objective truth) are pure.
Therefore, if your true desires are holy, which they are, whatever you want to do is the right thing! So don’t be paralyzed; ask the Holy Spirit what to do and then take action, doing whatever seems right to you.
Then watch as God works both your good decisions and your bad decisions out for good.