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Life is full of highs and lows. The highs of successes are easy to handle, but the lows of failures seem to stick around forever.
Remember falling and scraping your knee so seriously that you had to quit the race and get medical attention for the gaping wound? A little “doctoring” was usually required for the injury and for your broken heart as well. Perhaps you heard someone who was trying to buffet the pain say, “The more it stings, the better the medicine is working.” Our lives will always have its bitter medicine in the form of failures, but the more it stings, the better opportunity God will have to help us win the race.
It’s important to remember that God’s ways are not necessarily our ways. Unless you learn to see failure from God’s point of view, you may become discouraged and defeated. Often we learn valuable lessons from our failures and are strengthened by the challenge. God has a purpose for your life and desires for you to be successful in your personal relationship with him.
Through God’s grace, you have the ability to forget your failures and put your past behind you. You are free to walk forward in the light of Christ’s love!
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and
peace for those who have been trained by it.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3–4
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
1 Peter 5:6–10
1 John 4:18