Making even simple mistakes can be frustrating; frustrating and full of angst for all the parties involved. It’s true, we all make mistakes. The wrong words or the wrong actions, and we’re on the wrong side of a mistake. It may not be a life threatening mistake, if may not cause physical injury or pain, and hopefully it was a mistake done without malice, but a simple mistake is still a mistake nevertheless. The best recourse is to quickly admitted our error and seek resolution and forgiveness. That’s just the right thing to do.
We generally offer forgiveness to others rather easily for simple mistakes, but we can sometimes struggle to forgive ourselves. I experienced this very situation today at work. I made a simple mistake. I did all the things that we should do. I admitted my error to the injured party, and I was able to make it right. I admitted my error to my boss and we worked through the steps to resolve the problem. All was forgiven, yet I was still feeling the effects. As I was contemplating my unresolved feelings, I had the opportunity to speak with a friend who helped set me on the right path.
Psalm 32:5 MSG
“Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.” Suddenly the pressure was gone— my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.”
Forgiveness is a blessing. We not only need to offer it, we also need to receive it. Mistakes that we cause, inadvertently or not, can also cause us pain. Injuries like this are not something that we should take lightly. Yes, we should seek forgiveness from the injured party, but we also have to figure out how to forgive ourselves. We do that by seeking forgiveness from the Lord. His forgiveness is just the healing balm that our injured spirits crave. God’s forgiveness is the act of His love and grace in action. His act of forgiveness is just as simple as that simple mistake, but it is full of redemption and power. Forgiveness; a true blessing from the Lord.