Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the errors that counts. (Nikki Giovani, American poet and writer)

Unfortunately, Giovani is right. We do make mistakes; they are unavoidable. Some are rather minor, a grammatical error or typo, for example. Others are more serious, missing a doctor’s appointment, using erroneous data in a report—the list goes on and on. But acknowledging the error and apologizing are first steps. Taking measures to correct it where possible is next.

Indeed, we all make many mistakes (James 3:2). A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes (Ecclesiastes 10:4).