Acknowledge Your Mistakes
In spite of his faults, flaws and failures, God called David ‘…a man after [my] own heart…’ (Acts 13:22). And one of the qualities that made David great was his willingness to acknowledge his mistakes.
Here were two instances of it:
1) When fleeing the wrath of King Saul, he sought the help of a certain priest—a decision that caused Saul to order the death of eighty-five priests and their families. Devastated but not defensive, David told the surviving son of the slain priest who had assisted him, ‘…I have caused the death of all your father’s family’ (1 Samuel 22:22 NLT). Can you imagine taking responsibility for such a tragic consequence?
2) When the prophet Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba and his attempt to cover up her resulting pregnancy by having her husband killed, David acknowledged, ‘…I have sinned against the Lord…’ (2 Samuel 12:13 NLT). Would you have the emotional and spiritual maturity to make such an admission?
Or do you have a tendency to defend your actions for fear of being judged, criticized, or rejected?
Do you sometimes feel attacked when someone offers feedback, whether it is positive or negative?
Do you retreat in silence?
Do you counter-accuse or blame your attacker?
Do you make hostile comments?
Do you become sarcastic?
Making mistakes doesn’t make you a lesser person, but defending them does. Don’t let pride rob you of the wisdom that comes from acknowledging your mistakes and ultimately growing through them. ‘He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.’
‘…he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.’ Proverbs 15:32 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Hosea 5:15, 6:1, 3, 6; 10:12; 14:2,8-9
I will return again to my place, when they acknowledge their guilt & seek my face, & in their distress earnestly seek Me! Come, let us return to the Lord; for Me has torn us, that Me may heal us; Me has struck us down, & Me will bind us up. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord. For I desire steadfast love & not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your hard ground, for it is time to seek the Lord that he may come & rain righteousness upon you! Take with you words & return to the Lord! It is I who answer & look after you! I am an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit! Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, & the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.