Failed But Not a Failure

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“But he replied ‘Lord I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.’” (Luke 22:33-34)

Jesus knew before this happened that it would happen. He told Peter what would happen. Did it happen? Yes! Peter denied knowing Jesus, denied being with Him, denied the Christ whom he said he loved and would go with to prison or die with.

Jesus knew before it happened yet He still loved Peter, He still encouraged him and prayed for him. Why? Jesus could see beyond the failure, beyond the sin and beyond the fear that wrapped itself around Peter. He could see beyond to victory.

The denial took its toll on Peter but it also strengthened him in his knowledge and understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice and unconditional love.

Before the denial Peter loved Jesus because he had seen him, listened to him, dined with him and learned from him. After the denial Peter loved Jesus because he KNEW Him. Loved unconditionally and forgiven.

Failing does not mean that you are a failure unless you allow that failure to stop you from growing through it into a fruitful person.

Failing health does not make you a failure unless you allow failing health to cause a root of bitterness that stops you from growing through the experiences of pain into a fruitful life with Jesus right by your side.

About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand and has failed many times but each time she is allowing Jesus to pick her back up, dust her back off and put her back on the path that leads to Him.

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