Have you gotten fussed at for something that you didn’t even know you were or weren’t supposed to be doing? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? We tend to get our “feathers ruffled” when someone calls us out for making a mistake. But what really tells you the “measure of a man” is how a person reacts?
Some folks get belligerent – “How dare you say something to me?” They may try to pass the blame on someone else – “Hey, So and So did it first!” They might deny knowing anything about it. Yet, it’s still their fault.
Others may have thought that their actions were questionable, but “it’s better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission” – right? Perhaps they discussed the situation with their friends, and they all agreed that it was okay – it might even be a good thing! Yet, it’s still their fault.
Anytime we question “What’s the right thing to do?”, we should always ask those in authority. If they tell you wrong, they’ll have to answer for it. If we have a question as to what God wants us to do, we must go to His Word! He has not left us ignorant or alone. Even if our family and friends have different opinions, we are responsible for the good and the bad that we do. There is such a thing as a sin of “commission,” when we commit sins against God, and then there are the sins of “omission,” that’s when we don’t do the things that we should! Even though it can be so hard to admit, we all make mistakes! And, yes, it’s still our fault.
The secret is learning from those times. The people who brought it to your attention actually did you a favor! Who knew? They’ve given you the opportunity to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18). Perhaps the mistake is really a blessing – a lesson that we needed to learn! God is so good! We are simply blessed, Courtney