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December 2016 • Vol. 12, No. 8

K.P.’s Corner

“If only that didn’t happen!” “Surely the Lord can’t use me anymore after what I did.” “I’ve ruined my life. Things can never be the same. I’ll never be what God wanted.”

Have you ever felt this way? When we realize we’ve taken a wrong turn or fallen into sin, the enemy quickly pounces on us. He whispers in our ears, saying, “See, you’re not good enough. You can’t do this. God cannot love you when you do things like that. You had better just give up.”

The weight of our failures becomes heavier and heavier with each lie the devil utters as he waits for us to collapse underneath it all.

It’s true that sin has its price to pay. But that doesn’t prohibit the Lord from doing what He wants through our lives. In fact, failure is one of God’s best tools to transform our hearts like His.

Sometimes we get caught up in our own self-righteousness—and as a result, we become critical of others’ shortcomings. But when we mess up, the Lord gives us the chance to learn humility, mercy and His love for us. So often, all we see are our failures, but God’s forgiveness is there, and He uses those failures to teach us how to give others the same grace Christ gives us.

We need to remember, it’s not the size of our sin that determines whether or not we recover from a fall; rather, it’s our response. How we deal with our failure determines our future. Our story isn’t finished yet! The Lord knows the end, and He knows how He intends to get us there, using even our mistakes to accomplish His perfect plan for our lives.

Remember the disciple Peter? He loved Jesus dearly, and even though he denied the Lord, God restored him and used him mightily in the expansion of the Church, all because Peter returned his focus to Christ. If the Father used Peter in light of his failure, He can use you and me in the midst of ours. Keep running this race, my friend. Run to Jesus—He will not turn you away.

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