The lie of human history is that one failure eliminates you from the love of God, from ever experiencing any kind of success and, destines one to more failures. As humans, even people in love with Christ and His Word. We fail. We fail those around us, allowing selfishness to stress our closest relationships. We sin against God. Knowingly and willingly we choose wrong before right, and reap the regret of this. No one is exempt from failure.
Peter, a great apostle, and leader of the early church, had some fails under his belt. He gets corrected when he tries to stop children from coming to Jesus (Mark 10.17). As Jesus was explaining the Father’s plan for his suffering and Crucifixion Peter attacked him, scolding Jesus for talking like this in which Jesus responded “get behind me Satan.” Ouch (Matthew 1.22)! Can’t imagine how much that hurt. He also denied Christ three times, (Matthew 26.72-74) and went off cursing and crying, his failure ever before him. He lived in such disappointment in life and himself he just said “I’m going fishing.” He resigns from “being an apostle” and returns to what he knew before Christ (John 21.3). But Jesus pursues him.
We see a picture of the loving Christ who does not hold our failures against us. Our God who loves, lives, and gives grace . He is the Lord of second chances and I love that about God. I love teaching and preaching God’s immeasurable grace. He cooks breakfast and Peter jumps out of the boat, swims to Jesus on the shore, and Jesus lovingly, restores him, and mandates Him to be the spiritual leader we know today (John 21.12-18).
Because we will all fail our God, our families, and friends, to some degree we must understand we can learn from our failures. We can learn about ourselves, our God, and the depth of His unconditional love toward us. Our failures can make you a better person or a bitter person. You can “man up”, and be honest, or make it worse and blame your failures on those around you. I have found that God’s presence and power are always attracted to humility.
Remember, no failure, knocks you out and ruins it all. Don’t forget, God forgives, restores, and refreshes us as we come to Him in humility. Learn from failures and don’t allow them to defeat you, but may they be the stepping stones, to the love of God, and His will for your life.