Have you ever felt helplessness and hopelessness because of your past mistakes? I think that if you answered no to this question you are lying to yourself. You see we all go through periods of ups and downs in our lives. Sometimes it’s the enemy, and no I do not mean that you are not accountable to your actions because the devil made you do it. When I say the enemy I think of those thing in life that are beyond your control and the temptation to make bad choices based on these events is the way the spirit of the enemy is most active in our lives. Other times we may be faced with an obstacle that we can even understand how God could use this particular tragedy to lift us up. Lastly there are things in our lives that are our fault. Yes there is going to be some self accountability here! Consequences both good and bad influence our next choice and our choices influence the consequences and it becomes this never ending circle of error.
But what is error? How do we overcome? I know that for some error automatically means failure, however this is actually not the case. According the Mrs. Webster:
Error: a mistake, miscalculation, blunder, or oversight.
Error: The state or condition of being in the wrong or judgment
I guess that is where we get the feeling of failure isn’t it? It has to be, until I looked that up I didn’t even know that error was a state of being. The state of error can be a good thing:
- It can bring us closer to God and strengthen our faith
- Lead us and teach us to make better choices
- Help us teach and prevent others from making those choices
- Preventing others from a feeling of judgment.
- It can leave us stagnant
- Prevent us from every trying a task or activity again
- Have in a state of self doubt and pity
- Prevent us from helping others in this situation.
I am going to leave it for you to decide what is the enemy and what is God working in your life. Perspective is the key here. You have to not only allow yourself to see your error and allow yourself to be forgiven.
But how does our faith actually play into all of this?
Faith allows us to dream beyond a bleak reality while still being able to accept our circumstance. Faith allows your state of error to become a state of triumph or repentance.
Our state of error strengthens our faith because no matter the state of our error we are forgiven. After all we are human and we are not perfect no matter how Christ like we may become. 2 Peter 1:9 “But those who fail to develop in this way are short short sighted or blind and forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins” This is an example of living in a state of error and how we allow something so amazing as God’s forgiveness to become a sin. We have to forgive ourselves. God has already forgiven us. Accepting God’s love and forgiveness no matter what the error is the first step to learning or overcoming your mistakes, blunders, or feelings judgment.