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Epic fail?

Epic fail?

We all know how it feels to fail. Perhaps you’re used to hearing a voice inside your head repeating, ’You’ve let all these people down… but most of all you’ve let yourself down.’ Ouch. At times like these, we need to remember Jesus’ disciple Peter.

Perhaps no one in history has felt the weight of failure like him. After promising he would never turn his back on Jesus, Peter publicly disowned Him (three times!!!), and felt the crushing, agonizing pain of his own failure (Luke 22:61-62).

That’s why we need to start telling the hopeful truth about failure.

Yes, the hopeful truth.

Firstly, our failure is inevitable. Don’t believe the lie that says, ‘If you were a real Christian, you wouldn’t have failed like that.’ When you put your trust in Jesus, He set you free from the law of sin and death, but your human emotions, appetites, and desires are still at war with the Spirit at work inside you (Galatians 5:7). By His grace, you’re not the person you were, but you’re not the person you’re going to be either.

But also, notice what Jesus said to Peter before this all happened: ’I have prayed for you…’ (32). Even in the middle of his ’epic fail’, Jesus was in control. He was going to use this, the most painful episode in Peter’s lifeto begin something amazing and new.

What Now?

Read for yourself the way Jesus restored Peter and how reconciliation made way for Jesus to use him in the future (John 21:15-19), and thank him that he’ll use even the ugly parts of us to bring about something pretty wonderful.

’I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail’ (Luke 22:32)

Joy Ferdiz

July 13th, 2014

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