Learning From Your Mistakes 

In Matthew 5:4 Jesus states, Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

As we reflect on our success this year, we can’t help but also reflect on our failures. However, we can learn from our mistakes and receive the promises of God through faith.

Failure can be the result of our own actions, others’ actions, circumstances beyond our control, or a combination of all three. While failure is no fun, it can benefit us in the long run. When mourning our mistakes compels us to make ourselves right with God and others, God comforts us and our relationships improve.

For those who struggle with perfectionism, grieving humbles us and puts us in touch with our humanity. Anxiety-driven striving alienates us from our emotions. Allowing ourselves to feel unadulterated sadness dispels this anxiety and the stress that comes with it.

Feeling sadness is uncomfortable. Without the emotional blessing of sadness, however, we would probably never muster the guts to admit our mistakes. But when we do admit mistakes, we may be surprised how often people are ready to forgive us. If we make a mistake with a friend, family member, colleague, customer, employee, or other person, we can admit it, ask their pardon, and commit to learning from our mistakes.

Of course, we must also deal with our failures in prayer. We can ask for forgiveness first, and then for the wisdom, courage, and perseverance to meet future challenges. 

Failure gives us an opportunity to grow.
Failure teaches us that we must depend on God’s living power.
Faith in Christ enables us to do through God’s power what we could not otherwise.

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