– Jack Hyles
Remember Peter’s Denial
If you’ve fallen into disgrace, it’s not the end of the world, unless you stay there. Remember Peter’s denial of Christ. He didn’t just fail once, but three times! Three times Peter denied Jesus, even going so far as to curse so that he’d seem more like everyone else. Even after Peter fell into disgrace, he showed repentance and remorse, and Jesus, knowing Peter’s heart, forgave him.
Fallen from Grace to Rise Again
It’s not a matter of if we fall, but when we fall, and when we fall, we don’t need to stay there. We can get back up, dust ourselves off, and try again. Let Solomon’s wise advice come to your mind when you’ve fallen from grace as he wrote that “the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity” (Prov 24:16), and “though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:24).
Failure is not Final
Failure is never final unless you make it final. Everyone fails, and most of us have tasted what it’s like to be disgraced, but let disgrace cause you to reach for God’s grace. When our disgrace is big, God’s grace is bigger. I should know; I’ve been there, but the point is, I didn’t stay there, and I pray you don’t either.
As Mr. Hyles said, “Failing is not a disgrace unless you make it the last chapter of your book,” so if you’ve fallen into disgrace, remember the Apostle Peter and be restored; if you’ve fallen from grace, God can uphold your hand; and failure is never final unless you make it final.