Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Since the beginning, one of the first things some of us do when we miss the mark is attempt to hide from God. In our case, some of us avoid the very place that can help us. We avoid the house of God.

Some of us get so filled with guilt, shame, and condemnation until we avoid coming to church and avoid our accountability partners. Religious leaders haven’t made it any easier by preaching guilt and shame from the pulpit. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about grace, forgiveness, and love no matter how many times we fall. Sin is still displeasing to God, but where sin has increased, grace increased all the more (Romans 5:20).

The correct way to handle a situation when we’ve missed the mark is to do the following:

1. Acknowledge that we’ve missed the mark and thank God that forgiveness has been made available through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9; Colossians 2:13).

2. In the midst of having a temptation to feel guilty, come into the house of God and worship God because of His grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness in spite of what we’ve done.

3. If necessary, rededicate our lives to God and make a commitment to live a holy life.

Don’t run from God. Nothing good happens when we avoid God. Run to God. He’s waiting there with loving, open arms.