The Reason It’s Okay To Be Wrong

It’s Okay To Be Wrong

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

One of the most uncomfortable feelings is to know that you’re wrong about something or someone.  For some reason it makes us feel silly, naïve, weird and dumb-founded but it’s okay to not to know something.  However, the ability to admit that you are wrong, opens up the door to wisdom.  It also opens the door for God to show you the right way and lead you in the right direction.  It’s for this reason, that even in times of rejection you’re not being rejected;  rather, you’re being redirected to the place where you belong.

The ability to accept when you do not know something and to do so with grace, is a sign of great humility and great leadership.  No one wants to follow a leader who is unable to admit when they are wrong or do not know something.  No one wants to be with a spouse who cannot admit when they are wrong.  No one wants a friend who cannot admit when they are wrong.  We also do not want an associate, co-worker or boss who cannot admit when they are wrong, or admit that they do not know something.

Being able to admit when you’re wrong or do not know something is a sign of great strength because it says “hey, I need help in this area.  I’m willing to learn.  I’m open to learning. I’m open to correction.  I’m open to instruction.”  God’s Word says “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  The fact that God calls wisdom the “principal thing” sheds tremendous light on the power of wisdom and the willingness to gain understanding.  A principal is something that is leading so, God is telling us that wisdom is a leading asset to our lives.  Wisdom is something that allows you to experience continuous growth and it ensures that you do not remain stagnant in any area of your life.  Wisdom also allows God to raise you higher.

Imagine sitting in a boardroom full of VPs of a major corporation.  Each one is charged with making decisions that will affect the livelihood of the company over the next 50 years.  During the meeting, they receive information that indicates one of their previous projections was incorrect.  However, no one wants to admit that they were wrong.  Over time, their stubbornness and pride remains steady and causes the company to collapse.

This is what happens when we disregard the word of God in our lives and when we disregard correction and instruction.  When we allow our ego to be bruised from being wrong, we incapacitate our willingness to learn.  Today my encouragement is to be okay with being wrong, and to develop the courage to admit when you are wrong.  A willingness to be corrected when you are wrong is permission to be made right.

Be encouraged to grow beyond the size of your ego.

Prayer & Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

 Love,

~ETE

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4 Comments
  • Courtney W.ney
    March 14, 2014

    Proverbs 1:7 says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Only a fool would think they knew everything. If Adam and Eve got in trouble for eating an apple from the tree of knowledge we have to realize we need knowledge to live and God’s word, the lamp unto our feet, is the beginning of the knowledge. After that is Godly counsel. I thank your for a sincere message that illustrates we all need help and should sit in a place of humilty realizing we are powerless without the constant guidance and direction of God.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      March 14, 2014

      Courtney, I love the way you just broke this down with the example of Adam & Eve. They were the first to experience the gift of having an intimate relationship with God and even they struggled with following His instruction. Your example just goes to show that it is truly OKAY to be wrong. When God sees us going the wrong way, He wants nothing but to grab us in love and redirect our steps. The same grace he showed Adam & Eve is the same grace that’s available to us. Another person who’s humility in admitting their mistakes and errors is David. Because of his heart and humility, he went on to achieve great things and established a great legacy for his family. Thanks so much for your wisdom!

  • Roselyn
    March 14, 2014

    When we allow ourselves to admit our wrong, God is also able to welcome us and remold us. The more we open ourselves to learn, we are able to gain not just mere knowledge but In-depth wisdom, that helps suppress our pride and ego. When God gave Peter a vision in Acts 10 to kill and eat the meat of four legged animals and reptiles, Peter said 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” In his vision God corrected him 3 times regarding the comment he made. With God’s help he was able to finally comprehend what The Lord was correcting him on in verse 34 “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Accepting our wrong allows God to move in and fix our ways and thoughts so we can gain concise wisdom of God’s word. May The Lord break down the walls or pride and ego in our hearts so we can allow correction in our lives when we are wrong!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      March 15, 2014

      Amen! When we let go of our ego we can go where God wants to take us and we can stronger in Him. Thanks so much for sharing this scripture!

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