“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” — Luke 22:31-34
I really admire those people who could just move on from the hardships they’ve been through without dwelling too much on them, because I somehow still have a struggle with it. Most of the time, I tend to think about my failures too much, that I could have done better if I haven’t done this or that. It’s sometimes a struggle on thinking that I should just move on, learn from it and do better next time. Well, it’s okay to assess the failures we’ve encountered to get better but the problem is, we tend to over think about things.
Jesus knew that Peter would fail him. But this didn’t stop him from encouraging Peter to continue with his ministry once he gets back up from his failure. Jesus still gave him the task to strengthen his brothers despite his weaknesses. As leaders, some of us usually think that when we fail, we are not worthy to lead anymore. But we have to realize that none of us are worthy to be leaders in the first place, but God still gave us the task. It’s a privilege to serve the Lord despite being undeserving.
With our failures, all we can do is to ask for forgiveness, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
(1 John 1:9)” and then learn from it. Let’s use it to grow and encourage others not to do the same mistakes, or encourage them to continue in life when they commit the same mistakes we did.
There’s no reason for us to dwell with our failures. It will either make or break us. It will either make us stronger or make us weaker. It’s our choice whether we want to move on or heap more negative emotions that’s only filled with lies. Let’s listen more to God’s word and see the bigger picture of what God has in store for us. The truth and light is seen when we cling on to the Word and it releases us from the chains of our failures. Freedom and victory is in the Lord’s!
Reference: Working Through Failure