<<fail to notice>>

This is disregarding or counting something or someone as unimportant, not worth considering. Nathaniel asked Philip, “Can anything good come from there [Nazareth]?” (Jn 1:46). It seems the lad David, minding the sheep was not even considered a possibility of becoming the next king of Israel, yet in God’s plan He was the one; His perspective and purposes are often different to ours. God looks at and desires inner, heart character, which we often overlook in the rush to make a good impression with our fellow man in the outer visible arena (1 Sam 16:1-12; Isa 55:8). Even if we are shunned and disregarded by society, we are of immense value and worth in the sight of God; so much that Jesus died for us that we might be with Him in heaven forever (Jn 3:16).

Paul stated, in the past God overlooked the ignorance of man, when they didn't know any better but now commands all people to repent (Act 17:30). As believers we must be diligent to examine our lives and deal with all that

It is dangerous to overlook personal sin

which is displeasing to a Holy God for ignoring sin gives the devil a foothold in our lives (1 Cor 11:28; 2 Cor 13:5; Eph 4:27). We are to intentionally put off the old lifestyle and put on the new (Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:9,10).

A wise person, though, overlooks an offence, not allowing the hurt to become embedded within (Prov 12:16, 19:11).

God is fair, He keeps a record of what we have done for His Kingdom and we will be abundantly rewarded (Lk 6:35; 1 Cor 3:8; Eph 6:8; Heb 6:10).

See also: ignore, insignificant, offence, put off/put on, repentance, worth/worthy.