Making Errors

James 3:2(NIV)

We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

Romans 3:23(NIV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

It is time for play-off baseball and it is an exciting time when there is some good pitching, good fielding and good hitting.  As you know, it can’t all be good.  If you have an opposing pitcher who is throwing very well, then you can’t good hitting.  Likewise, a pitcher who doesn’t have good defense behind him will lead to a higher pitch count and could lead to a bad pitch which will result in a hit.  Errors are not costly unless the opposing team scores. This is what happened when there was a throwing error by the catcher, resulting in an unearned run.  The pitcher deserves better, but it is part of the game in which you accept errors and you pick up your teammates.  It would be a bad scene if the pitcher starting to harp on his teammate for making the error.

As much as we could think that we don’t make too many errors, the Bible reminds us that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  No matter how we strive to do good, we are not good without the redeeming relationship we have with God. Through Jesus, we are given the inspiration to aspire to do what is good.  If we have made errors, we are no longer condemned and judged by God.  We are given another chance and that is a great relief that we no longer need to put the pressure on ourselves to be perfect.  We can admit that we are not perfect and it is the grace of God that will fill in for our weaknesses. When it comes to making errors, we need to be able to forgive others who are on our team as we would want to be forgiven for our own errors.

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