It's hard to admit failure sometimes--even to ourselves. We tend to want to explain the circumstances surrounding our failure. We are tempted to take the sting out of our mistakes by giving facts and, sometimes embellishments, to paint a brighter picture than pure honesty reveals.
It's strange when you think about it. The Bible is full of those accounts. From beginning to end, we see the warts of all the saints later listed in the book of Hebrews as examples of faith. Yet, today, most folks have trouble simply apologizing for a simple wrong, an irritated mood, impulsive action, or critical spirit. It's tough to confess bitterness we cannot purge from our hearts, a judgmental attitude we embrace because of it. It's just so hard for people to say I'm sorry and ask to be forgiven. Unfortunately, most times that's because we know forgiveness is not easily given or received.
Jacob felt that way when he fearfully returned to meet Esau, the brother he'd wronged after stealing their father's blessing through deceit and scheming. They both lived years and years in estrangement and brokenness. When Jacob humbled himself before God, he met Esau and there was no problems. Esau hugged him and forgave him. (Gen. 32)
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." James 4:10 NKJV
It's difficult to open up our lives and expose less admirable events in our past, to let the world see we are less than we want to be seen. It takes a humble person to simply admit a wrong, then grow from it. I think it takes a virtuous woman to bring glory to God by sharing what she learns from her mistakes. Amy Carroll is 'that kinda of gal" as she writes devotions and speaks to help encourage others.
It also takes a meek man to admit an error of judgment the moment the Holy Spirit quickens his spirit to see an area in need of correction. It's refreshing to read where he yields his pride to Christ's control and allows Him to change the direction of his witness. Brian McMillen is "that kinda guy". Rather than let a weak moment be his own little secret, he shared it on his blog. [*see Amy's and Brian's posts below.]
How about you? Have you made an error in judgment? Do you wish you could hit replay on a moment of your life? Is there someone you know who needs your encouragement, who needs a pat on the back, a hand up, or hand outstretched?
If you see yourself somewhere in this post--perhaps just a mediator for another's relationship--I pray God gives you courage to deal with it, wisdom to counsel, and abundant compassionate love to express. If you are hurting because you have not forgiven yourself for past mistakes, I pray you're able to turn it all over, let it go, then live in the righteousness of Christ without regret. selahV
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