“Who can understand his errors?” – Proverbs 19:12a
At some point in our life, we have unknowingly and unintentionally made mistakes, deviated from the law of God and missed the mark. We have done and said things with the wrong attitude and motive. 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, or have not even done what God has directed us to do.
We are not perfect beings. Even true born-again believers in Christ will fall short of living according to the standards of a law so Pure and Holy.
“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” – James 3:2
There may be some who will not be in favor of this truth, but when a man honestly examines his life in comparison to a law so pure and holy, how can he not realize this truth.
David the psalmist didn’t deny this truth, or even tried to ignore it. He discovered that there were errors and secret faults hidden from his own eyes. He pleaded for mercy to be “cleansed” from the wrongness of whatever he may have said or done contrary to God’s Word.
Thanks be to God for His grace and mercy in that we have been blessed with the opportunity to repent of our errors and secret faults, and to ask Him to “cleanse us” from those things. An opportunity that should not be ignored by any believer in Christ.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.