A “Mistake”, some would argue what warrants being called a “mistake”.  Whether an action is intentional or unintentional, all actions have effects on the individual doing the action and most of the time on others.

noun:   an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.
verb:   be wrong about.
I was watching one of my favorite night shows, “NCIS” and heard this statement.

“Even extraordinary people make mistakes, it’s a given. It’s our response to those mistakes that define us”.

I’m sure that there are many of you who have heard a quote similar to this. But for some reason, today, it stood out to me.  I have made plenty of mistakes and some have had minor consequences and some have had great ones.   And I have also experienced the consequences of other’s mistakes.  Regretfully some of those mistakes have had profound effects on me.  And this is where I come to the above quote.  I have chosen to respond to those effects graciously.  My own mistakes and the mistakes of others.  That is how I’m defined.

James 4:17

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has at one point or another made poor choices and everyone can be forgiven and cleansed but we only have 1 way of doing that so our mistakes do not define us.  And that way is through Christ.  Asking for forgiveness from Him, acknowledging our wrong doings, changing our behaviors and making amends to those our mistakes may have harmed.  If we continue to live with our mistakes buried inside, they will not hide away.  They will overtake us, consume us like a fire burning deep within.  They will show themselves in our future actions.  Christ does not want us to live with these mistakes, he wants us to let them go. Invite Him in!

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Lord, I thank You so for your promises to me and my life.  I thank you for your forgiveness for those choices/mistakes I have made.  I pray Lord that those who have been harmed by my mistakes will be healed.  I ask you to be with me as I continue to heal from the mistakes of others.  I ask you to help me be gracious and forgiving.  I pray for those who are carrying around mistakes/burdens and have not reached out to you for forgiveness yet.  I pray they will. Amen!


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