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Let Us Admit Our Mistakes

Advocate of Truth
July 2017

Mistakes are a part of life, and I make many of them!

Most of us have heard the saying “To err is human.” Someone has said that the only person who never makes a mistake is in the cemetery.
Children of God don’t like to err, especially when the erring is wrong from God’s Word.  When we do err, we don’t like to admit it, sometimes even to ourselves.
Today’s culture does not require an admission.  It seems like most think that they can keep their pride, put on a good front, and call it a learning experience.  They think that no one will fault them for it.  What about the consequences?  If they are small, we maybe can probably get by with a little altering of our plans, or drop a comment here and there to infer that someone else was to blame. However, deep down inside we know that we did it.
If we want to grow in our spiritual lives, we want God’s approval on our lives!  There is no other way than to admit our mistakes and correct them.  This is what the Bible calls confess and forsake.  Please read Proverbs 28:13.  Until we do, we are refusing the lesson God wants to teach us.
Some of our best lessons come from our mistakes.

You may recall a certain exam you had back in your school days.  You do not remember the questions you answered correctly, but you remember the one that you missed.  The very fact that you remember it says something about what you learned.
A mistake is not a sin in itself, but how we handle it may be right or wrong!  There is a crossover between things natural and spiritual, temporal and eternal.  

In our lives, we must apply virtues such as patience, diligence, honesty, etc.  The Apostle Paul said, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all

to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31).  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).  

Failing to admit our mistakes only lowers us in God’s sight.
Do we tell ourselves that our mistakes are not really all that bad?  If we do, we had better watch out!  The human race has been perfecting deception from time immemorial.  The Prophet Jeremiah said it clearly:  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
When we make mistakes, why not confess them and go on?  Nothing is loss.  However, simply admitting them is not enough either.  Would the boss be impressed with the ever ready admission of his employees who keep making the same mistakes over and over again?  Neither does God want those who keep making the same mistakes.
Real recognition of our mistakes is the first step.  Then we must change.  It may be painful, but it is necessary in order to please God.

So let us admit our mistakes!

Bond Tennant