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Thoughts on Mistakes

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes.
Just remember to learn from them and grow.
–Anonymous

Making mistakes is part of the process of growing up – both physically and spiritually. Just like a little child will make mistakes as he/she grows in life, we can expect to make mistakes as we grow in our walk with God. There is an abundance of grace, mercy and forgiveness available to us from God. This however is not an excuse for us to willfully sin, or continually and intentionally do things we know to be wrong, casually chalking it up to “making a mistake”.

Rom 6:1-2 “6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Instead, May our lives forever glorify and honor God, and May we be a shining light to others as we grow in God.

Here are a couple principles for us to live by as we strive to follow God and His will recognizing we are a work in progress with a Savior who serves as an advocate on our behalf if we confess our sins, ask forgiveness, and continue in them no more.

1) Don’t keep returning to the same mistake.
Ps 26:11 “11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.”

2) Don’t dwell on past mistakes but forget them and continue to move forward.
Phil 3:13-14 “13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

3) Never give up after a mistake but learn from it and press on.
Prov 24:16 “16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”

In conclusion, no one is perfect but if we confess our sins and seek forgiveness Christ will forgive and remember them no more.

Heb 8:12 “12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

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