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Psalm 51

Truth and Wisdom

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Psalm 51
Truth and Wisdom

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Are you familiar with the story of Peter Rabbit? He’s the mischievous bunny who didn’t listen to his mother when she told him to stay out of Mr. McGregor’s garden and he ended up getting into lots of trouble. This was Peter’s weakness, or fault––he didn’t obey his mother.

It’s not much fun to think about our faults, is it? It’s more pleasant to talk about the things we do well. It’s important to honor our talents and gifts, but if we don’t recognize our weaknesses or faults, how can we fix them?

When we know what we are doing wrong, we can learn to do better. We can become strong and more confident by working on our faults. Wouldn’t you want someone to tell you if you have bad table manners, say things that hurt others, don’t spend enough time on your schoolwork, talk too much…. ?

A little girl I know has learned that she must be careful, “not to snap back” at her parents. She is learning to be respectful. That will help her with everyone she meets. She is learning how to make friends and be a good friend.

In the Bible we find this prayer: “Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness” (51:1). “For I know my transgressions (faults)” (51:3).

It is good to celebrate our achievements and what we do well. We also must think about the parts of our lives that need improvement.

Our prayers can be to ask our Heavenly Father for wisdom to recognize our weaknesses and help us correct our faults. Don’t we all want to be loving and kind, to be the person God wants us to be?

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan