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.
“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.”
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.
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!
Jesus knew the end of the story. Despite the cycles of failure and success that characterized Peter’s life, the impetuous apostle would finish well for his Lord. Just as Jesus predicted Peter’s three denials, He also predicted that Peter would glorify God in a tragically beautiful way, upon a cross. Jesus spoke these words to Peter,
“ ‘I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’ ”
Peter, the pastor of the early Christian Church in Jerusalem, was martyred around AD 67. Tradition tells us he requested to be hanged upside down on his cross because he didn’t consider himself worthy to die in like manner of Jesus. Impetuous Peter became not only a humble man of God, but also a man greatly used by God.No one who is faithful to God is a failure.
“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