We all make mistakes, but how should we respond when we do? I’ll be the first to admit that I am not perfect. Even if I thought I was, I find daily reminders to the contrary. Sometimes my mistakes are as simple as spilling milk when making a bowl of cereal. Or, I once forgot my wallet at a checkout line.
For simple things like this, I can typically move on quickly, maybe with a little embarrassment. But what about my bigger mistakes? How do you respond when you hurt your spouse’s feelings or forget an important bill payment that hurts your credit score? Even further, how do you respond when you do something that goes against God and His Word?
When we hurt ourselves and others, we must realize that hurt requires healing. Healing can be spiritual, emotional, and mental. It is important to remember that God recognizes that we are not perfect. And, despite our ability to fail, nothing can remove His love for us (Rom. 8:38–39).
God has given us wisdom on how we should respond when we do make mistakes. Here are a couple ways we can heal after we have hurt ourselves or others:
Realize that every mistake is simply an opportunity. Each mistake we make can even help us grow in our relationship with others, with God, or even just with ourselves. So, take heart! Every stumble can be a chance for you to build something loving and new!