Unfortunately, we all make mistakes. I have made my fair share of mistakes which has fueled my determination to figure out how to learn from mistakes.
When you believe God redeems mistakes and you are committed to learning from mistakes, it eases the discomfort mistakes cause.
You can get past feelings of disappointment and disillusionment and balance missteps with the lessons you learn. You gain wisdom from your past and move on to your future wiser and humbled.
Waiting for the circus ringmaster to begin the show or should I say, “the greatest show on earth”, our kids squirmed and giggled with anticipation. My husband returned with our concessions and leaned over to hand me our tray of snacks and drinks.
We made one crucial mistake in that transfer that instantly changed our memories of that day. Our handoff wasn’t the best.
My husband let go of the tray before I had a good grip. Popcorn and soft drinks flew through the air landing on our family and a couple of innocent bystanders.
We were all drenched in Coca-Cola & Sprite which is not the best way to watch the greatest show on earth!
That’s how mistakes happen. We don’t plan our mistakes; we don’t like the consequences of our mistakes but we can’t avoid mistakes.
How to learn from your mistakes is a lifelong process because even if we never make the same mistake twice, there will be other bumps in the road.
Relative to the many mistakes I have made in my life, the cascading drinks seem insignificant, but on that day it was huge. Regardless of the size of the mistake, we can learn how to deal with and move on from our mistakes and trust God redeems our mistakes.
How to Learn from Mistakes in Relationships
Mistakes in relationships are especially hard because someone can get hurt. If we focus on how to learn from our mistakes in relationships, we will have success in maintaining healthy relationships.
On the other hand, if we get stuck rehashing and holding onto our mistakes or those of others it ruins relationships.
Here are some typical and common mistakes we make in relationships:
- When we mistakenly reveal a surprise or secret
- When we mistakenly exclude someone from a party
- When we mistakenly forget to respond to a text
- When we mistakenly forget to complete a job or errand that someone is waiting for
We’ve all made or been on the losing side of these mistakes that leave us feeling hurt and devalued. But we can redeem our mistakes in relationships by sincerely apologizing, forgiving, and making amends.
Redeeming mistakes helps you learn from your past instead of developing unhealthy patterns.
How to learn from your mistakes in relationships requires a humble spirit that is committed to loving unconditionally, managing emotions and valuing the person we hurt above the right to be in control.
How to Learn from Your Mistakes and Move On
How to learn from your mistakes and move on is important so we don’t relive mistakes in our minds.
At some point, we have to decide to let mistakes go and stop thinking and talking about the mistake and its consequences.
The bigger the mistake, the more loss or pain it causes, and the harder it is to learn from your mistake and move on.
Some friends and I were in San Francisco enjoying a girls’ trip. We were excited to be together and enjoy the city. We parked our car near a popular tourist spot and quickly jumped out. After a few minutes, we returned and were shocked to see our car windows shattered.
Someone had stolen our bags. When we reported the incident, the policeman said, “you never leave valuables on the seat of a car in full view”
We had made a mistake and paid dearly.
That day we quickly learned from our mistake and moved on so we could enjoy the trip.
Because of our loss, we learned and share our stories to help others avoid the same mistake.
5 Steps on How to Learn From Your Mistakes and Move on
God redeems mistakes you as long as there is breath in your lungs.
Here are five steps on how to learn from your mistakes, move on and let God redeem them.
Step 1: Analyze how the mistake happened
Step 2: Come up with a plan to avoid the mistake recurring
Step 3: Decide to let the mistake go
Step 4: If you get stuck, pray for God to help you release the mistake from your mind
Step 5: Use the lessons you learned from your mistake to help others avoid making the same mistake
Because we are unable to prevent mistakes or control outcomes, we can get caught in a vicious cycle. But when your identity is in Christ, He is willing and able to redeem your mistakes.
God doesn’t remove the mistake but God redeems mistakes by making beauty from the ashes or fallout of the mistake.
How about you? Is there a mistake you are holding onto that God needs to redeem? You can start by connecting moments of God’s faithfulness in your life instead of connecting your mistakes.
How God Redeems Your Mistakes
The hope you cling to after a misstep is that God redeems your mistakes. When God redeems a mistake, He is compensating for our fault.
That is what Jesus did on the cross. He compensated for all of our faults or mistakes once and for all.
Amidst the sorrow of a mistake, you can hear the loudest echo of God’s mercy and stand on His grace to be set free.
We don’t always know how God redeems our mistakes but recognizing that no mistake is too big for God leaves us with peace.
6 Ways God Redeems Our Mistakes
Refined by God
When we learn from mistakes, we are reminded of our flaws and can be refined by God and some of our impurities removed. This is one of the most amazing ways God redeems our mistakes.
“For you, God tested us; you refined us like silver.”
Psalm 66:10 NIV
Reliance on God
When we learn from our mistakes, we are reminded of our humanity and imperfections. It helps us move from self-reliance to reliance on God. We are able to rest in God’s acceptance and love for us when we realize our failures do not define us.
Humility Before God
Humility is thinking less of ourselves. When we learn from our mistakes, it leads us to find humility before God. It is easy to become prideful and arrogant, especially after success. Mistakes serve the great purpose of protecting our humility.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 11:2 NIV
Find Godly Contentment
Finding Godly contentment or soul satisfaction is an elusive journey when we run from success to success. But when we fail or make a mistake we see what matters through the haze of our disappointment. God redeems our mistakes by leading us to a new way of living authentically and being content.
Servant of God
The word servant is usually attached with a negative connotation. But in God’s kingdom to be a servant is to be esteemed in His eyes. Jesus served the sick, the hungry, and the emotionally bankrupt.
When we follow His example, we can learn from our mistakes that serving others, especially in the name of Christ is much more fulfilling than serving our own interests.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Obedience to God
The final way God redeems mistakes is probably the most important. When we make mistakes, we learn the importance of obedience and faithfulness to God.
Similar to when a child touches a hot stove after a warning and learns from his mistake, we learn to obey God. We are then more in tune with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and direction.
“You are to follow only God, your God, hold him in deep reverence, keep his commandments, listen obediently to what he says, serve him, hold on to him for dear life!”
Deuteronomy 13:4 MSG
Bible Verses about Learning from Mistakes
The Bible points us to a place where God redeems our mistakes.
6 Bible Verses: Learning from Mistakes and How God Redeems Your Mistakes
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 MSG
“These are all warning markers, danger, in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.”
Proverbs 24:16 NLT
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Romans 8:28 ESV
“And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
James 1:2-4 ESV
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Psalm 145:14 NLT
“The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.”
Why is Learning From Mistakes Important?
We are encouraged when we read about those who have gone before us and have learned from their mistakes and moved on to do great things. This wisdom helps us believe God redeems our mistakes.
There are stories of wise people in the Bible who made mistakes. There are characters who were humbled and embraced how to learn from their mistakes and grow in their relationship with God and make a big impact in the world.
Three characters in the Bible understood why learning from mistakes is important; Abraham, Joseph, and King David were chosen by God to fulfill His promise and in the lineage of Jesus. Scripture records the opportunities each faced to learn from mistakes and how God redeems their mistakes.
Abraham made the mistake of trying to control God’s covenant of a promised heir by having a child with Hagar.
Joseph made the mistake of boasting and becoming arrogant about his father’s love.
David made the mistake of being idle and giving into temptation.
But because they all learned from their mistakes, God redeemed the mistakes, His purpose was fulfilled and He was glorified through Abraham, Joseph, and King David.
In the same way, we can be released from the doubt and guilt that often follow mistakes and cause a cloud over our freedom. God’s mercy can remove the lingering effects of our past mistakes and give us the courage to persevere in our purpose and our relationships.
What have you learned from your mistakes and how God redeems mistakes?
Mary Rooney Armand
Mary is the creator and writer for the faith-based blog ButterflyLiving.org. Her writing is featured on multiple websites. She is the author of, “Identity, Understanding, and Accepting Who I Am in Christ” and “Life Changing Stories“—a collaboration with 34 authors available on Amazon.