3 Ways to Learn From Our Mistakes: Confess, Accept Blame, Repent

Growing in Christ, learning from Mistakes
“In school we learn the lesson and then take the test. But in life, God often gives the test and then we learn the lesson.”
                     Diana Knudson

Diana was my supervisor for my seminary internship in mentoring. The quote above was her answer when I asked her what I should do if a mentoree ignored Biblical advice.

We learn several ways--through instruction and advice, but also from bad choices.  But the worst choice is not learning from our mistakes.

As humorist Will Rogers said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” 

So how can we learn from bad choices? 
  1. Confess them: admit we were wrong (1 John 1:9).  
  2. Accept blame: Don’t blame circumstances or other people (1 John 1:8). This is such a deadly trap.
  3. Repent: “turn away” from our sin and don't repeat it (Romans 6:12-14).  
It takes wisdom and humility to do these things, but they are necessary for our spiritual growth.


  1. My husband likes to say that there is only one stupid question in life and that us the one never asked. Likewise, there is only one stupid mistake we can make in life, and that is not learning from mistakes. And to learn from them, we need to make them first, don't you think!

  2. I loved this post, the sign, and the choice to do right after confessing that I am wrong. I also love your purse and have got to read your post and instructions on making one. Love the Hawaiian print too. I am waay off topic here and distracted by your picture and commenting on the wrong post, LOL!!


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