“Who can understand his errors?” – Proverbs 19:12
Every true born again believer in Christ desires to please the Lord in their lives, to live as God requires according to His Word. But, while we are new creatures in Christ, we are human creatures who dwell in a human body (the flesh), that has a carnal mind and an impure heart; and is constantly in an ongoing battle with the spirit (Galatians 5:17).
Galatians 5:17 – For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.
For this reason, we are liable to sin. That’s not to say we will intentionally commit sins against the law of God. But that, we do not know ourselves; we are blind to our own errors and faults; and do not see ourselves as others see us, and most importantly, as God sees us – “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes” (Proverbs 16:2a).
At some time in our life, in some way or another, we have unknowingly missed the mark, made a mistake, or deviated from the law of God. In some way or another, we have done and said things with the wrong attitude and motive. In some way or another, we have not done things when God said to do them, or have not done them in the way He would have us to do them. In some way or another, even we who are true born again believers in Christ, will fall short of living according to the standards of a law so Pure and Holy. We are not perfect beings.
There may be some who will not be in favor of this truth, for they refuse to see themselves as God really sees them. But, when a man honestly examines his life in comparison to a law so pure and holy, how can he not realize this truth, “for in many things we offend all” says the apostle James in chapter 3, verse 2.
David the psalmist didn’t deny this truth, or even tried to ignore it. How could he when he serves a God who knows all and sees all?
Instead, after reading and meditation upon the law of God, David realized his life could not have measured up to the standards of a Pure and Holy law. In some way or another he missed the mark, made mistakes, or deviated from the law of God. If you are truly honest with yourself, you too will realize this truth.
There are errors and secret faults we are unaware of, until they are revealed unto us through reading and meditation of God’s word. And if we truly value our relationship with the Lord, whatever thing He reveals to us, we will not be in denial of it, nor will we ignore it. Instead, we will humble our self and do whatever is necessary to get rid of that thing, because we love the Lord who is our Savior and friend.
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.