I think I probably fail more than I succeed. I attribute this to being human. I am not without error. How I handle failure is often more telling of my beliefs than the actual failures themselves.
I think we're scared of the word "failure". We've been taught not to call ourselves that because then we can't "do whatever we put our minds to". I don't think we need to be scared of it. Failure is inevitable. We're all going to mess up; we've all sinned. We're all imperfect and wicked at times. We think impure thoughts, we get angry and murder people in our minds, and we willfully do the wrong thing--over and over.
Why are we scared to fail? Is it because we're afraid of what people will think of us when we announce that we failed? Or is it because we know we're not "good enough" for God?
Take comfort, friends.
You're not good enough for God...on your own.
Knowing Jesus makes you good enough in EVERY way. Despite your human failures, the blood of Jesus shines through, His grace covers, and His love overwhelms every single failure.
Did you know that Jesus BECAME sin on the cross? He didn't just carry it--HE BECAME SIN. What does that mean for us? Every single failure--He became it. He put to death those failures, and He rose victorious over them. Because He did that, we also died to them and rose victorious over them.
So, I sinned today. You did too. We both failed.
we trust in His death and resurrection over those sins, and we can rise to walk in His victorious life.
He's not mad at us.
He's not disappointed in us.
He's not surprised at us.
He's pleased with us.
He's rejoicing over us.
He knows us intimately.
He loves us.
So stop acting like He's a meanie out to get you. You couldn't be further from the truth.