Have You Failed?

Author: Anna M Gregory — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: September 6, 2021

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Have You Failed?

When I was working at a bank, a lady came to the door. I tried to explain that the inside doors were shut but she could still go through the drive-up. She didn’t understand what I was trying to say. She left, not knowing she could’ve done what she came to the bank to do. I felt horrible. I thought, “I should have opened the door and made sure she understood before she left! I failed.” But God still loves me when I fail. And I’m not the only one. Peter failed many times. He even denied Jesus before they hung Him on the cross. Three times Peter denied he even knew his Savior, and Jesus still took Peter back into the fold. After Jesus rose from the dead, He assured Peter that He still loved him and wanted him to do the work God set for him to do. Jesus told Peter, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus wanted Peter to continue to show His love to others, telling people how much Jesus loves them and how He gave His life for them. As a forgiven follower of Jesus, I want to help others understand how much He loves them. Jesus wants everyone to put their trust in Him, to come in and become part of His family, and to live and reign with Him forever. And there are so many who still haven’t come in. Every single one of us has failed. But no matter how bad the failure, Jesus still has plans for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus’ death and resurrection are enough to cover all our sins, and because He is so amazingly good, He can even use our failures as opportunities to show His love. When you fail, Jesus still loves you, and He still wants you. Every time you fail, Jesus wants to bring you close to Himself, reassure you of His love, and empower you to be part of the good work He is doing. • Anna M. Gregory • What failures are you mourning right now? How does Jesus comfort us in these times? • If you know Jesus, you are not defined by your failures. Your identity is found in Jesus and His death and resurrection. When you start believing the lie that you are defined by your failures, who are trusted Christians who can remind you of the truth? It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail. Lamentations 3:22 (WEB)


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