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Failure Is Not Final: God’s Grace Is Greater Than Our Failures by Ben Godwin

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One of my favorite quotes states, ‘Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker! Failure is delay, not defeat. Failure is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.’ Abraham Lincoln said, “Those who never fail, never do much of anything.” The Apostle Peter was very familiar with failure. In fact, he was a man of miracles, signs, wonders, and blunders.

The point of chronicling Peter’s failures is not to belittle him but to illustrate that the people God uses in great ways are still very human. And, if we see how God’s grace enabled him to overcome failure, it will fortify our faith that God will do the same for us. Here are Peter’s nine recorded failures:

  • He sank when he took his eyes off Jesus—Mt. 14:29-30.
  • He verbally rebuked Jesus (not a good idea)—Mt. 16:22-23.
  • He wrongly compared Jesus with mere mortal men—Mt. 17:1-5.
  • He refused (at first) for Jesus to wash his feet—Jn. 13:8.
  • He slept through prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane—Mt. 26:40-43.
  • He tried to defend Jesus and cut off Malchus’ ear—Jn. 18:10.
  • He denied any association with Jesus three times—Jn. 18:25-27.
  • He quit the ministry and returned to fishing—Jn. 21:3.
  • He was hypocritical about fellowshipping with Gentile believers—Gal. 2:11-14.

My focus is not to highlight Peter’s failures but to learn from them. It’s easy to criticize how Peter sank on the stormy sea and fail to realize that he did something no other human being (except Jesus) has ever done—walk on water! So it’s better to try and fail as to not try at all. Obviously, Peter rebounded and became a prominent leader in the New Testament Church. This proves that defeat doesn’t have to have the final word in our lives. Failure is not final if we do the following four things:

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