Mistakes! We all make them and all most none of us care to admit that reality, but the truth is – live long enough and you will make more than your fair share. It’s part of life, part of living and dying. We are not perfect and so we make mistakes! There are some things we need to do and should do and we just fail to do them, not necessarily because we are bad people with devious schemes, but just because we are people who are not perfect, people who make mistakes. On the other hand, there are some things that we should not do and we do them anyway. Again, this is not because we are evil monsters with sinister plans to crew up the world. It is simply because we are imperfect humans and imperfect humans make mistakes.
If you’ve never made a mistake it would be pretty easy to have an expectation that others would not make a mistake as well, but the truth is: If you are human and living on this planet earth at this time, then you have and you will make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life. The great Apostle Paul put it this ways in the Scripture:
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 “And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! ‘ Romans 7:14-25
The battle is always waging! I have and will continue to make mistakes, not because I want to, but because I have the battle waging inside of me. I am trying to do better and on some days, I really think I am beginning to make some progress, but then on other days I feel like I am back at the starting block.
I think the real battle is not in living a mistake-free life, but in admitting and learning from your mistakes. I John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
I’ve discovered this will keep you more than busy in this life. So stop pointing the finger at others and begin to inspect your life. See your mistakes, admit them, do what you can to make them right and receive and give God’s forgiveness – you will be glad you did!