Focus: God is full of grace
When we fail, and we all do, we worry about what God or other people will think. Sometimes we don’t know if we can recover, or bounce back. This lesson will show us how, even during difficult times, God is full of grace.
The disciples, closest to Jesus, failed. When they were unable to heal a demon-possessed boy, they felt disappointed in themselves. They seemed that way, and perhaps confused, by the question they asked. Jesus uses their failure to teach them, and us, about having faith. Think of how this played out in the book of Acts as the disciples went on to perform great miracles in Jesus name through their own ministries. God uses our failures to help us grow in faith.
Matthew 26:31-35; 69-75
Even those with the best of intentions can fail. Peter was determined that he would never deny or desert the Messiah, yet he did it three times. It was definitely a turning point in his life. Jesus can use our failures to deepen our relationship with Him. We also read in John 21:15-19 that Jesus restored the relationship with Peter through love and forgiveness.
1 Kings 8:44-51
Everyone sins. Solomon realized this and asked for forgiveness in advance for those who would turn to Him with their whole heart. This prayer is an acknowledgement that we all make mistakes, but we can respond to failure by turning to God and finding forgiveness.
A growing relationship with God does not happen overnight; it is a lifelong process. We can continue to press on toward the goal of perfection, focusing not on our past failure, but on what God has in store for us. Put your mistakes behind you, learn from them, and continue in obedience.
We all get afraid of falling short or making mistakes because it makes us stand out or look bad. We need to understand that everybody makes mistakes – failure is not the end of the world. God forgives and transforms us, covering our mistakes with his grace; loving us to continue in His will.