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Published on September 2nd, 2016 | by Alathia Haylie

You Can’t Go Back, But You Can be Forgiven





“No matter how much or how badly you mess up, just keep playing!”

These words were ingrained into my brain before every recital in which I’ve performed. When I play, my teacher knows I have the tendency to back up and right whatever notes I might have played wrong. No matter how hard I tried to keep going, my brain could only process the horrid, discordant sounds my hands had just produced. I wanted so badly to make it right.

It recently dawned upon me that I often feel the same way in life. When I make a mistake, breaking the harmony between my friends, my family, or my Savior, I won’t feel satisfied until I correct my mistakes.

The problem is, there is no physical way to go back in time and change my decisions, but there is a way to be set free from the bondage of guilt.

It’s called forgiveness.

We may be tempted to keep moving as though nothing happened, but that will never loosen the chains of sin. It’s a heavy weight, but we don’t have to bear it!

The Apostle Paul wrote,

“to the praise of the glory of His (Christ’s) grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:6-7)

Because of the cross, we can move on with a restored relationship with God and a confidence that only comes through His forgiveness. With the knowledge of this truth, we are no longer slaves to our sinful desires.

We don’t have to sit back and listen to the dissonance we’ve created. We are free.

In His letter to the Galatians Paul says,

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

Christian, next time you are tempted to rush by your sin, take the time to talk to God. He delights in hearing His children ask for grace. He won’t keep it from you. He is faithful and just to forgive. (1 John 1:9)

As a favor to your own soul, and more importantly to glorify God, slow down and ask for forgiveness.

Only then will you be truly free.


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About the Author

is a graciously forgiven high-school senior, whose broken soul has been mended by the Author of life. She has a passion for helping children and other teens know how much they are loved. When she’s not studying, you will likely find her playing piano, sipping on a cup of coffee, perusing local used book shops, or participating in an epic round of Mario Kart with her brothers.



  • Cricket

    Beautiful article! I play piano too so the music analogy really made sense.

    • Haylie

      I’m glad it made sense, Cricket! Thanks for commenting. How many years have you played?

      • Cricket

        8/9 years. I’ve thought of picking up another instrument, but I just love the piano so much:)

        • Haylie

          Oh I totally get that! I switched to violin for a few months, and then actually went back to piano because I missed it so much 😉

  • Charity Rose

    Good job alathia!! I think this is one of my favorites!

    • Haylie

      Thanks, Charity! <3 you!

  • Wow, great post Alathia! It was such a great reminder and encouraged me a lot. And the music analogy was really good! Thanks for writing this!

    • Haylie

      I’m so glad it encouraged you, Ashley. Glad you liked the analogy! Thanks for reading. :)

  • Thank you, Alathia Haylie! I relate to this post 100%. This is my first post I have read from the Reb. in a while and a good thing I did. :)
    @a_haylie:disqus

    • Haylie

      You’re welcome, Explorer4lyfe. How have you been? I miss seeing you around here! :)

      • I have been doing alright. :) Aw I thought you all forgot me after my long absence.

        • Haylie

          Forget you?! Never. :) And I’m glad to hear you’re alright.

  • GemmaUnicorn

    Good points! We can’t stop life because we messed up, but neither can we continue on as if everything is fine. There’s one way out, and it’s called grace. Great job!

    • Haylie

      Duuuude! You got a disqus account? Sweetness. Thanks for the encouragement :)

  • Great post! Thanks!

    • Haylie

      Thank you for reading, Anthony :)

  • *cries for a while* I can’t go back. But that’s okay.

    • Haylie

      Thank you so much for reading, Sam :’)

      • The title was enough to get me, but then I saw that it was from you! Then I had to read it. ;’)

        • Haylie

          Seriously. It means a lot to me that people take the time to read what God has laid on my heart to write.

          • I will always read an article of this type by you if I know about it. Unless you start posting a gazillion of them all the time I guess.

          • Haylie

            Aww. :) Well, that prolly won’t happen in the near future XD

          • Good. You might need to tell me when you do get something posted though. I pretty much only noticed the Disqus recommendation. I guess I’d see it eventually.

          • Haylie

            Okay, will do 😉

    • Amanda

      Something tells me God keeps showing you that verse, Galatians 1:5…

      • I fail to see the relevance.

        • Amanda

          Of the verse? Just think about it.

          • I…did.

          • Amanda

            Lol…pray about it.

  • Natalie Marie

    So needed to read this, Thanks

    • Haylie

      I’m glad that it could encourage you, Natalie :)

  • Stephan Carter

    Awesome post you certainly hit the ball on its proverbial head.

    • Haylie

      Thanks for the feed-back, Stephan!

      • Stephan Carter

        Of course

    • Mally

      Errrrm, Stephan, don’t you mean “nail” 😆

      • Stephan Carter

        NOO!!! From where I come from it is the ball.. And everyone knows that where I come from is correct 😉

  • Amanda

    Good stuff, Alathia Haylie! This really encourages me. You are living up to your name and sharing the TRUTH of God’s Word. :)

    • Haylie

      Your comment made me smile so big, Amanda 😀 Thank you very much for reading.

  • Katherine Forster

    Yes! I have been thinking about this for a while. I tend to keep dwelling on my mistakes, but in reality I just need to trust God – Christ’s sacrifice was enough.

    • Haylie

      Amen, Katherine! Thanks for commenting :)

  • Mally

    Oh my goodness… This is so me! I honestly think about something stupid I’ve done like a month ago, wishing I could do something about it. My piano teacher used to tell me the same thing and I her thought iof it that way!!!! 😃 Thanks Haylie, this is awesome 😊

    • Haylie

      You’re so welcome, Mally! btw, it’s good to “see” you 😉 How have you been recently?

      • Mally

        Really good and suuuuper busy! 😲

        • Haylie

          Glad to hear it! And same on being busy. I totally understand! :)

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