What To Know When You’ve Failed God

August 2, 2012 — Leave a comment


When I fail, I fall on the mercy of God, and grace picks me up.

Let’s face it, you are going to fail God, you are going to need His mercy and grace. I personally don’t find it odd that mercy and grace are not the first feelings I get after failing God. The first feeling I get (or receive) is guilt.

Followed by guilt comes depression, insecurity and self-defacing statements, none of which leads me to where I need to be for wholeness again. Guilt is a strong voice that often says you are worthless, and you should just give up all together.

If you allow it to be, guilt can be a taskmaster that throws mercy and grace far from your reach. However, that need not be the case. The moment you feel guilt, you need to understand deep in your heart, that you are loved by God. Guilt gives birth to the fear that God doesn’t love you anymore because you have failed Him. You begin to falsely think that God’s unconditional love is for everyone else,  but not you.

Guilt that comes from the enemy of our soul has no hope to give. You must never forget that truth. Ungodly guilt is void of mercy, grace….AND HAS NO HOPE! Ungodly guilt screams, “Forgiveness is not an option!” However, deep down…way down in our hearts, we know…forgiveness is the ONLY option that truly works.

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)

Your failures do not define you! Never stop telling yourself that truth. God’s love for you defines you.

When I fail, I fall on the mercy of God, and grace picks me up. What about you?

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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