The first fact: all failure results from Adam’s sin. The second fact: all God’s servants fail. The third fact: believers in Christ are potentially beyond failure if they remain true to their baptism.
Consider three more facts about Failure.
Ø Fourth Bible Fact About Failure. Failure shouldn’t prevent a renewed effort to succeed. Acts 15:36-41 records the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas over John Mark. Such striking divergence occurred that Paul and Barnabas parted company. Yet John Mark didn’t content himself with being a failure. He matured emotionally and spiritually and had worked his way into Paul’s favor at the time of his imprisonment Colossians 4:10, Philemon 24. At the time of his final imprisonment Paul wanted Timothy to bring Mark to Rome II Timothy 4:11. How we react to failure is more important than failing itself. We should always ask God for guidance in discovering why and where we failed, and how to recover from it.
Ø Fifth Bible Fact About Failure. We can use it to confront more difficult challenges. Simon Peter was offended when Jesus predicted his failure at the trial Luke 22:31-32. Yet, Jesus offered him the chance to grow beyond it to leadership. John 21:15-19 reveals the nature of Simon’s apostolic role in the early church. Simon Peter grew from a craven denier of Jesus to a stalwart witness for Jesus, because he overcame the lesser failure to succeed in the greater challenge.
Ø Sixth Bible Fact About Failure. God’s purpose in changing us into Christ-like people will be achieved Philippians 1:6. Our perseverance in Christian living is necessary, since nothing is harder than to be like Jesus; nothing is worthier; and nothing is more definitively certain than we shall be like Jesus if we try, because God wills to bring us to that maturity. – Fini –
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