When we make a mistake, God does not see it as wrong. He views it as learning, which is wonderfully gracious.
Unfortunately, we have been taught the opposite. How many times have you felt the pressure to get it right in order to avoid the consequences of messing up? This is a by product of an education and religious system that has taught us to be perfect, leaving no room for mistakes. But how are we supposed to do something “right” that we are still learning?
God doesn’t operate like this. He is more excited about us learning how to live in the new than us getting it right every single time. He never expects us to be perfect on our own; He wants us to live in Jesus and love the process.
To Him, our mistakes are not wrong; rather they are another opportunity to learn.
His grace empowers us to learn from everyday experiences, because His intention is to form us into His image. He said to put off the old man and put on the new one. Think on Ephesians 4:22-24:
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Our focus should always be on learning how to live in the new.1
If Jesus took away sin, God isn’t going to allow anyone to bring it back. Therefore, we can’t live in a sin conscious culture. Sin focuses on what we are doing wrong. Righteousness focuses on who we are becoming in Jesus; it gives us permission to learn and grow into the new man.4
The Lord is not double minded about us. He partners with us as we learn how to live in the new man. If we fall down in that process, He does not revert to seeing us in terms of the old man. He is only focused on the new man. He is always 100% righteousness, and we should be too!
Friend, I encourage you to stay focused on your learning. We are all growing by intention and design. Don’t fear making mistakes in this process; God is not counting them against you!