Mistakes will be made
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Mistakes will be made
It is part of the human condition - mistakes will be made. We don’t want to make mistakes, but we all do from time to time – especially at work. We say and do things that are not right.
Even the greatest of believers make mistakes. The Apostle Peter is recorded as making a mistake much later on than his well-known denial of Jesus. Peter is in Antioch and there are visitors, Jews who came from James. Peter and the other Jews, for fear of the circumcision, withdrew from eating with the gentile believers. Paul denounced their hypocrisy. See Galatians 2:11-21
In Peter’s case it was his response to fear that caused his mistake. It would be helpful, if and when we do something wrong, to take note of what triggered our mistake – then we can pray for the Holy Spirit to change us in that area of life. With mistakes, we should acknowledge them, not deny them. Seek forgiveness as appropriate – from the Lord of course, and from anyone affected, as led by the Spirit to do so. Denial would be another mistake!
We are all on the road to eventual perfection – the Holy Spirit is working within. Developing humility is an essential ingredient, for God gives grace to the humble but opposes the proud. We don’t have anything to be proud of – anything we did in our own strength is just filthy rags. Anything done in the Spirit is all glory to God. Recognising and owning up to mistakes is one way of humility.
Now here’s the very good news. Every mistake, every sin is utterly and completely forgiven! The blood of Jesus is like a stretch cover - it’s enough to cover every sin, and is the working of His love for us. So no need for us to ‘beat ourselves up’ over our mistakes. Pray, confess, know you are totally forgiven, get up and carry on. Don’t look back, rather look up!
‘If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9 It’s immediate full restoration.
More good news…. There is the wonderful promise of God to cause all things to work together for good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 The Lord does not want us to make mistakes, but knows it will happen, and even from our mistakes He promises to bring out some good for us – most noticeably character refinement, increased humility and an increased awareness of righteousness and holiness.
So always look up. The Son who set you free loves you with an everlasting love, which is not diminished by your mistakes. Worship Him and love Him with all your heart and all your mind.