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Monday, September 12, 2011
Coming In By the Back Door
people feel their lives are ruined because of some failure in their past. Ruined
might be too strong a word, but relentless shame or a feeling of disgrace may
I remember when I failed terribly in front of some of my peers in
a business meeting. My behavior was unkind and out of control—truly sad. Even
worse, one of those peers was a man who I had been trying to help in his walk
As I thought
about what I did, I wanted to run away. But the Spirit of God led me not only
to go back, but to share my feelings of failure with my friend. The next day I
told him how sorry I was that I had failed to be Christ-like in my actions. I
also shared that I had been forgiven by God and that the failure was not fatal
in God's sight. Then I learned that one of my friend’s greatest struggles was dealing
with his own failures, and from that experience he began to understand that his
own failures were not fatal either.
specializes in taking our failures and turning them into avenues of blessing
and growth if we will allow him to. The Apostle Peter is a good example of how
God can turn our failures into stepping stones.
before Peter failed Jesus by denying him, Jesus said to him, "Simon,
Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon,
that your faith may not fail." Yet, knowing the great failure Peter was to
face in just a few short hours, Jesus did not treat him with contempt.
hold our failures against us; Jesus doesn't.People refuse to give you second-chances; Jesus doesn't.People look at failure as the end of the
road; Jesus sees it as a place of new beginning.
told Peter he had already prayed for him, that "when you have turned
back," he would strengthen his brothers. Jesus believed that even though
Peter was going to fail miserably, he could have a comeback. As a result of
failing and coming back, Peter would be able to strengthen his brothers. Though
it wasn't right for Peter to fail Jesus as he did, nonetheless that failure was
used by God to help Peter become the mighty apostle we read about in Acts.
see what I mean about failure? God is able to use it for good in our lives. God
can even turn it into an avenue of service.
feel totally guilt-ridden, as though you've had a fatal failure? Please understand
this marvelous truth:Jesus is in the
business of restoration and recovery. Your failure can be your back door to a