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Session 19

Learn to own your mistakes

Read: Proverbs 19

If a group of teachers was asked to create a list of the most common excuses students make, “He/She made me do it” and “It’s not my fault” would be at the top.

Children tend to act impulsively, are quick to pass the blame, and often have a difficult time controlling their temper. They haven’t had time to develop self-discipline and are not mature enough to see all of the consequences that could result from their behavior.  

Unfortunately, adults often struggle with the same issues. Age is not always an indicator of maturity. Being older does not necessarily stop us from making irrational, impulsive decisions or saying things we don’t really mean. The Bible teaches us that when we fall short, we are to take responsibility for our actions.

God has given us the ability to control our tempers, to show generosity and understanding, to make wise choices, and to avoid the consequences of foolish living (Proverbs 19:11-29). Choosing wisdom takes practice and self-discipline, and it requires us to heed the Bible’s instruction.

Through the Bible, God has given us a guide to avoid foolish choices and live more like Him every day. Proverbs 19:27 says, “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” Our best defense to sinful behavior is to never cease listening to our Father’s instruction.

Reflect:

  • Is there a sinful pattern you need to take responsibility for? What can you do today to begin that process?
  • Which of God’s instructions do you have the most difficulty following? Why?
  • Who can you go to for accountability and encouragement when you are struggling?

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So you want to be wise?

So you want to be wise?

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2

The best way to find your way

The best way to find your way

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3

Is God mad at me?

Is God mad at me?

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4

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

You have access to a wealth of wisdom

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5

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

Flirting with trouble is more dangerous than you think

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6

Why you need to be leading you

Why you need to be leading you

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7

How to avoid getting pulled in again

How to avoid getting pulled in again

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8

How do we know what’s true?

How do we know what’s true?

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9

How to win in every disagreement

How to win in every disagreement

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10

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

Will they miss you when you’re gone?

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11

How are you measuring success in life?

How are you measuring success in life?

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12

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

Avoid fools if you don’t want to become one

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13

Lying won’t get you what you really want

Lying won’t get you what you really want

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14

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

The best place to find the truth is in the Bible

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15

How to deal with anger

How to deal with anger

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16

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

Tomorrow is too big to try it alone

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17

Use your words for good, not evil

Use your words for good, not evil

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18

Choose your words wisely

Choose your words wisely

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19

Learn to own your mistakes

Learn to own your mistakes

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20

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

Why the party scene won’t make you happy

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21

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

There’s no such thing as “get rich quick”

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22

Why you should care what other people think

Why you should care what other people think

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23

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

Passing down wisdom is the best gift you’ll give your kids

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24

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

With great wisdom comes great responsibility

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25

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

You can’t do the right thing without the right heart

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26

How to know who is worthy of honor

How to know who is worthy of honor

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27

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

Is the way you handle conflict adding to the drama?

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28

What to look for in a leader

What to look for in a leader

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29

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

Why you should welcome discipline at any age

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30

Do you believe God is awesome?

Do you believe God is awesome?

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How to live a life of noble character

How to live a life of noble character

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