Day 5 • Failure Freedom • The Gift of God’s Grace
Ps Luke de Jong

I don’t think I have ever met a person that wants to fail in life. In every human heart there is a desire to win and to succeed, but just as every successful businessman or sportswoman knows, failure is always going to be a part of the equation.

Maybe you’re five days into your relationship with Jesus. Maybe it’s five months or even five years. The gift you need to continue to receive and embrace each and every day is the gift of God’s grace.

The reality is, we all fail at times (yes, I’m saying you will fail) but failure doesn’t have to be final.

It’s what we do with failure that determines whether we will learn from it and get back up again. This is where success is really found.

You and I need to realise that we are not alone in this. It’s not just you going through it, and in fact, it’s not a challenge only found in the 21st century! There is a guy in the Bible by the name of Paul and he writes in Romans 7:18-19, “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”

When you understand the life of Paul, a human like you and I who made many mistakes, you realise he lived with a true understanding of God’s grace in his life. We can be encouraged from his life, that even in our mistakes and even in our failings, if we get back up again and bring them to God, we can live fully free!

While Paul had his struggles, he also understood God’s grace was great.

He writes in the book of 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

As I mentioned in Day 4’s thoughts, God’s Word is truth. And when you know the truth about something, it frees you from questioning it.

Jesus put it this way in John 8:31-32, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”