When Our Failures Haunt Us

How do you handle failure? Do you beat yourself up withI should have! or do you try to hide it?

Some people’s pride prevents them from acknowledging failure. Take Peter, for instance.

On that last supper Jesus had with His disciples he told them that they would all forsake him. “Not me!” Peter exclaimed boldly, “I am ready to die for you.”

Yes, you also will deny me,” Jesus responded. “But when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothersLuke 22:32 (LT)

Jesus confronted Peter with  his weakness but not in a condemning way. “You will fail me like the rest, Peter, but remember that’s not the end of our relationship.Then he showed Peter the way back from failure: own up to it, repent of it, and come back to Me.”

That is good news for us too.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

Not only does He cleanse us, but He redeems our failures. We learn dependency upon God and realize “it’s not me but Christ in me” that makes me strong. Because of his failure, Peter became a humble servant of God who could strengthen other weak believers.

Ruth Bell Graham writes,

When thoughts of failures push their way into my consciousness, I let His total forgiveness dissolve my regrets and go on to praise Him who accepts us just as we are and lovingly works to make us more than we were.

God doesn’t expect us to be finished products now. We are works in progress.”

We can leave our failures with God. He does not condemn us. He will use them for good

By Helen Lescheid
Used bu Permission

If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, you can start today. Let Jesus redeem your failures.  Here are a few sample prayers.


Lord Jesus, I want to trust you from now on. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person You want me to be. Thank you for enabling me to trust you in these uncertain times. Amen.

Another Sample Prayer:

Dear God, today I bring you my life, my hopes, my dreams, my deepest yearnings … You know me intimately. You knew me even before I was formed in the womb. You called me into this world to do good and live the life I was uniquely and specifically created for. I ask for Courage and Wisdom to live this life–the life of my dreams. Show me where to start and help me be open to hearing your Voice today. I ask for a greater consciousness of your Presence, today and every day of my life. Amen.

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