Learning from your mistakes

9.4.15 Do you ever learn from your mistakes or do you keep doing the same things over and over?

Proverbs 24:16 For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

James 1:21-25 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Throughout our lives we tend to make many mistakes, some more costly than others. We all say things we shouldn't say. The truth is we are all human, and no matter where we are in our Christian walk, we will all make mistakes. If you want to know how to best deal with mistakes, there's no better place to look then scripture.

It is essential as believers during our spiritual growth that we accept that we are not perfect. Only one person is perfect, and that's Jesus. We should do our best to be perfect like Jesus. In the process, we learn to become more faithful, giving, loving, forgiving, and patient. When we make a mistake we must accept it, learn from it, and move on with our lives. Dwelling on something we did wrong will not help the situation, it will only make it worse.

We should all desire to use our mistakes for good and learn from them. Ask yourself are you gaining wisdom from your mistakes? Sometimes our own mistakes are a reason for trials and tribulations that happen in our life.

We are to grow in faith and get stronger in the Lord so we can make fewer mistakes. As a child grows and gets wiser we’re to do the same in Christ. Ways to help learn from mistakes are praying continually, walking by the Spirit, continue to meditate on the Word of God, put on the full armor of God, be humble, and trust the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding.

^Don’t keep returning to those mistakes.
2 Peter 2:22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
^Forget! Don’t dwell on them which can be dangerous, but instead press forward.
Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.
^Get up! Never give up after a mistake, but instead learn from it and keep going.
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
^Gain wisdom from it
Proverbs 15:21-23 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, but a man with understanding walks a straight path. Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. A man takes joy in giving an answer; and a timely word—how good that is!
^Don’t deny your mistakes
Psalm 30:6-10 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.” By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed. To you, O Lord, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy: “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness? Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
^God is near
Psalm 37:23-26 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.
^Confess your sins
1 John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
^Advice
Ephesians 5:15-17 So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. Make the best use of your time. These are sinful days. Do not be foolish. Understand what the Lord wants you to do.
^Reminders
Romans 8:28-30 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children. He also called those whom he had already appointed. He approved of those whom he had called, and he gave glory to those whom he had approved of.
^ No one in the world is perfect
James 3:2-4 For all of us make many mistakes. If someone does not make any mistakes when he speaks, he is perfect and able to control his whole body. Now if we put bits into horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can guide their whole bodies as well. And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.

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