15 I have seen everything in my pointless lifetime: the righteous person may die in spite of their righteousness; then again, the wicked may live long in spite of their wickedness.16 Don’t be too righteous or too wise, or you may be dumbfounded. 17 Don’t be too wicked and don’t be a fool, or you may die before your time. 18 It’s good that you take hold of one of these without letting go of the other because the one who fears God will go forth with both.
19 Wisdom makes a wise person stronger than ten rulers who are in a city. 20 Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake. 21 Don’t worry about all the things people say, so you don’t hear your servant cursing you. 22 After all, you know that you’ve often cursed others yourself! Ecclesiastes 7:15-22, CEB
No one on earth is so righteous that he or she only does “good” and never makes mistakes.
Read verse 20 again: Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake.
Read it again: Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake.
This is in the Bible, folks.
I talk to people who basically live in a constant state of what I call “faith fear”. They’re afraid of their own faith. They’re afraid of God. Possibly even more. Many of us carry around with us this nagging suspicion that God doesn’t want anything to do with people who make mistakes. But read verse 20: Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake.
Do we think God doesn’t know that this sneaky verse is in the Bible? I’d be willing to bet there’s a bunch of clergy who might not know…but God himself? Doubtful, at best.
Focus less on your mistakes. Acknowledge them, sure, but don’t let them be the centerpiece of your life. Consider what you want your life to look like and pursue that with the knowledge that mistakes are simply going to happen. Own up to them when they do happen, and move along.