Hey, there…….there are 2 prominent types of “failure” illustrated in the Scriptures. And guess what, God brings them both to the most glorious conclusions! That is why He is God……nothing, nothing, NOTHING exists that He will not and cannot use to bring about the utmost good for all. That is why He can allow evil and sin (reference the Post: “Evil vs Sin” ) to exist in the world. Now, to the first….the “apparent failure”.
The best example of the “apparent failure” is the crucifixion of our Lord….it made His ministry look like a total, absolute failure. Oops, but wait….God does it again! He actually takes this “failure” and turns it into the greatest success story ever! Because of this apparent “failed” ministry, ALL mankind, yes ALL!, will be saved: “and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL (emphasis mine) men unto myself.” (Young’s Literal New Testament, New American Standard, and others….John 12:32). Please refer to the Post on “All Creation Will Be Saved”.
The next “failure” is a real, bona fide failure, where we screw up big time or little time, even continuously…..real sin! We have a lot of company here….Jesus is the only exception. Not only are we fortunate that God prefers mercy to judgment but any failures can wind up being our BEST blessings…if we learn from it or them (there will be many). Quite simply, THE FAILURES ARE LESSONS TO SHOW HOW WEAK WE ARE and, in turn, how much we truly need God and Christ to dominate our lives…..period! And, this can assuredly become a reality….what a blessing!
I remember reading from one of William Law’s books (forgot which one as I have read so many of his writings) in which he very much emphasized that we should never, never, NEVER give up trying…..as long as we breathe. As believers, we are under “grace”, not law (Romans 6:14, 8:2), and God and Christ Jesus will NEVER give up on us….there is no “unpardonable sin” under grace nor any limit set on the number of sins one is allowed to commit, if there is true repentance and a seeking of forgiveness.
All the best in Him….later.
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