Friday, September 15, 2006

Admitting our mistakes

In my working life, I have seen my colleagues and myself making mistakes. I am sure you will agree that it is impossible for a person not to make any mistake in his or her life.
There are five possible reactions when people make mistakes.

Deny it

Blame on someone else

Cover it up

twist the facts

Admit our mistake

It goes against our self-pride to admit our mistakes. Even among Christians, we struggle with that. We may have know of a Christian who is very dogmatic in his/her view, but when shown that his/her view is inconsistent, often he or she will not acknowledge his mistakes. A Christian that has not learned to admit mistakes has not learned self-denial.
Recently I too struggled with covering up a mistake in my work, but the Holy Spirit tells me to admit it and swallow my pride.

Maybe you are not a Christian, a few questions for you to ponder:

Do you deny you are a sinner?

Do you cover up your sins?

Do you blame your sins on someone else?

Do you twist the facts so that sin is no longer called sin?

Sins are worse than mistakes. While mistakes can be due to an oversight sin involves a moral choice with eternal consequence. If we made a mistake, we may lose our job, but if we sin, we lose our soul.

My friend, the willingness to admit our sins is the first pre-condition for eternal life, we need to mourn for our sins. If you don’t acknowledge that you are a sinner, you are denying reality and deceiving yourself. Check what the bible says about the conditions of our heart:

Mark 7:15-23 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Ponder on these verses, it is beneficial to your soul. Then read the other articles on this blog to find out how you can have eternal life in Jesus Christ.


  1. Good word Lee...

    Just yesterday I was writing back and forth with a friend, talking about how amazing it is to think about how God called us, even though he saw into our futures and knew we would fall down, or make many many mistakes. Kinda gives us a hint as to how much he loves us, doesn't it.

    You're right, the biggest mistake we can make is not admitting we are capable of 'mistakes', lol

    When Jesus calls us unto himself, he knows we're not perfect, just in need of him.

    Really liked this post Lee...

  2. I sat down and read this tonight... and was blessed to have read it.

    for others who may come and read this i will share something.

    I don't get much sleep, and I have read more than my share on views, and theologians, and biblical studies, etc. Somewhere along the time line I think something gets unwired in our brain. This is probably the reason for the saying; " garbage in, garbage out". We really need to get the garbage out of our belief system.

    I going through something called ' marbled theology'... whereby all the theology is getting marbled inside of my head. Don't worry, I will explain even if there isn't a term for it. Smile.

    Marbled is a twist on something; like marbled bread. You have seen it I am sure. The light rye and the dark rye swirled in the making of the bread. It tastes pretty good.

    Anyway this is what ' marbled theology' is to me. If you know what you are mixing together then you know what the result will be... if you don't and are experimenting then you may or may not like the result of what you have created for yourself.

    I am aware now, that while reading theology in all it's viewpoints it has somehow infiltrated a mixture like the swirly bread... sort of a confusion as to where exactly I stand on Bible Basic Principals. Some of the information has become liken to a cereal which has nuts, raisins, oats, bran, sugar, and so much other ingredients it loses it's foundation to be called ' cereal'.

    It is a mixture seemingly good to the tongue and belly, and yet really does not nurture the body... simply, the value of it is Lacking.

    My point:

    All this knowledge is suppose to help us to become wiser and yet our flesh still exhibits a need. All the nuturients we try to fill ourselves with just seem to be lacking in some way. Spiritually it is the same. We are ingesting a mixture and much confusion is within it's framework. Sometimes I don't think we realize just how much confusion we are in. It is the wiser to admit the lack and accept the rebuke. It is the wiser to admit the err and accept the truth. It is not that we are ' humble' people, but rather we are being ' humbled' in order for us to acknowledge our estate and allow the One we depend upon the most to work out the continual saving grace.

    Yes, His Name is Jesus.

    No excuses can be given... no mixture of thought... or views... we must be grounded in whom we believe; not so much what rule of thought we have devised to believe.

    Yes, ' denial ' is thus written upon many a tombstone.