Friday - July 22, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
MAIN IDEA: “Mistake or Choice?”
If one makes a mistake, then an apology is usually sufficient to get things back on an even keel. However, most people don’t know why an apology does not always seem to be accepted. It is simply because they didn’t make a mistake, they made a choice, and never understood the difference between the two. For example, you may commit to a friend to help them by keeping their children one weekend. Then, on your way to go pick up their children, you have an accident and can’t keep them. This failure to do what you said was due to someone's mistake, and an apology would be all that is required to make amends.
However, let’s look at a different scenario. You have committed to keep a friend’s children one weekend. Another friend calls and invites you to go to a ball game that same weekend and you choose to go, not honoring the commitment you previously made to the other friend. You have made a choice, not a mistake. A simple apology will not work. You must have remorse and ask for forgiveness. The friend you wronged will have to forgive you to repair that relationship.
Isn’t this also true with our relationship with God? Often we make mistakes in our lives that aren’t sins, but we need Gods help to do better, and to be a better person.
But there are also many times in our lives that we do make a choice and sin against God. That is when we must repent and ask God to forgive us. We know that if we repent and that if we forgive others, that God will forgive us.
Don’t let your promise out run your performance. Be willing to forgive people who make bad choices. (Matthew 6:14, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”)