Grace in Failures

May 08, 17 Grace in Failures

Success is never final, failure is never vital. The only constant is His grace 

Each of these great men failed… and yet God restored them
– Apostle Paul and every one of the 12 apostles 

– David, Israel’s greatest king: 

– Moses, deliverer of Israel: 

– Abraham: friend of God

– Adam and Eve, our first parents 

– Jonah the prophet 
Failure: John mark did not abide by the agreement and Paul did not want to have him on board the ministry 

Paul and Barnabas disagreed concerning John Mark joining them on their missionary journey 

Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; (Acts 15:39 NKJV)
but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. (Acts 15:40 NKJV)
Paul then accepted Mark..By the grace of God, Mark and Paul reconciled despite their differences

Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11 NKJV)

“Mark flickered in crisis, but the light did not completely go out” – A.T Robertson 
Our limitations and fleshly nature means we have to rely on God’s grace 
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, (2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV)

Love one another 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that your are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34 – 13:35 NKJV)

Obedience to God and His blessings 

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. (John 21:3 NKJV)
But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. (John 21:4 NKJV)
Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” (John 21:5 NKJV)
And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. (John 21:6 NKJV)

The Love of Jesus for followers.

 Jesus sought the love of Peter, divine love and not phileo love. After denying Him 3 times, He allowed Peter to acknowledge Him 3 times yet again. 
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” (John 21:15 NKJV)
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (John 21:16 NKJV)
 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish (John 21:16 – 21:18 NKJV)

Simon Peter despite his failures – lack of faith and denial Of Jesus x3 times, He is fully restored through the grace of God 

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