But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
I have a friend who could easily live her life in regret. One day she sensed God telling her to warn her neighbor to watch her infant closely. Upon sharing her plan to caution her neighbor, her husband told her the neighbor would think she was loony. Fear held her back and the next day she discovered the neighbor’s child died from SIDS.
Christ came to earth not because of our obedience but because of our disobedience. Peter and Judas both experienced failure, Peter denied Christ and Judas betrayed Him. It’s encouraging that their failure didn’t surprise Christ, He announced his knowledge of their actions before they occurred.
My friend’s disobedience was no surprise to God. Children who fall while learning to walk are not punished by a parent. They are lifted up again and placed back on their feet and encouraged to try again. Unlike Judas, who allowed failure to drive him to suicide, my friend is embracing forgiveness like Peter. As forgiveness ignited an unstoppable boldness in Peter that death threats couldn’t silence, my friend is learning to trust God’s voice and obey His instructions over the voice of others.
Failure is never final when forgiveness is available. Although available, we must choose whether we live in regret over our failures or live in Christ’s forgiveness.
Present your failures to God. Allow the actions that hindered your fellowship with Him to draw you back to Him. Remember Christ came to earth because of your need, not your success. Exchange your failures for his forgiveness. Like Peter, let Christ’s forgiveness empower you to live boldly for Him.