We live in a society where taking responsibility for mistakes is becoming obsolete. How many people go to the courts and admit wrong. Ninety-five Percent of people showing up before a judge will plead not guilty to what they have been charged with. It is a sham as people want to get out of admitting fault and seeking ways to avoid the consequences of their destructive ways.
There are two kinds of mistakes that I am talking about. The first one involves mistakes we make against God. The bible defines these mistakes as sin. Sin can be defined as either actively or passively going against what God wants us to do. We may know what He wants and choose to actively go against His wishes, or we may not know what He wants and do and choose to do our own thing without knowing what He wants. Either way, we are choosing our own path versus seeking His guidance.
The second kind of mistake involves choices against someone we know and have had interaction with. It may be something we have said that wasn’t healthy or something we did, or even an unhealthy attitude. Anything what causes us to be disconnected with another person is defined as sin.
Solomon, one of the wisest persons to have walked the earth, became King of Israel thousands of years ago. When he first became King he wrote about this whole process of forgiveness so that those under his leadership would heed his advice and stay away from environments that involve disconnection from the Lord or from one another. In this passage, I see 5 parts that are essential for experiencing forgiveness from the Lord and from one another.
The first part involves the recognition that everyone makes mistakes in their life. Everyone sins. Solomon is talking to the Lord when he says, “When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their ancestors, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you. (2 Chronicles 6:36-39 NIV)
In order for us to experience forgiveness from the Lord or from one another, we need to recognize our contribution to the disconnection we are experiencing from Him or from one another. John in the New Testament writes in I John 1:8, “If we say we have not sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. . .” It’s easy to point out the flaws in others and blame others for our present circumstances, but much more difficult to look at our own mistakes and admit our contribution to the problems and the disconnects with the Lord or with others.
On this journey, for you to truly be healed in your relationships with God or with those you truly love on this earth, the first step when your are disconnected from them is to admit your inadequacy and mistakes–your sin.