Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It’s interesting, the night before Jesus was crucified, both Judas and Peter betrayed him. Judas sold him out to the chief priests for 30 pieces of silver. Peter denied knowing him three different times, and left him alone in his time of need. When they realized what they had done, they were both remorseful. Judas couldn’t handle his guilt, he took his own life. But Peter, after some quiet time and a special conversation with his risen Savior, became a key leader of the church in Jerusalem. In one of his messages, 3000 people were added to the church. Peter spent many years preaching the Gospel. Many came to know Jesus because of his faith, and in the end, he was crucified, just as Jesus had been, except Peter asked to be hung upside down, he didn’t feel worthy of being crucified the same as his Savior.
Both of these men walked with Jesus, spent time with him, but in the end … one let his offense destroy him, the other used it for God’s glory.
For many years, I let my past destroy my future. I didn’t think I could ever forgive myself for the things that I had done. I was believing a lie. I was like Judas, I was spiritually dead. And I wanted to take my own life. But then I spent some quiet time with Jesus, I let him heal my heart and my hurts and I received his forgiveness. And my life’s not been the same since. It’s turned into this amazing adventure, with God allowing me to use my past to help others move forward to their future.
There are so many opportunities for us to allow our past to destroy our future. We all have made mistakes. But we don’t have to live in the guilt and shame of what once was, this is not God’s plan for us. He gave us his son, so that we could receive forgiveness of all our sins, and live our lives, full and fulfilled.
So, how do you handle your mistakes? Are you like Judas, do you feel like a failure and thus become one? Or are you like Peter; do you use your mistakes as a stepping stone to your future?
Father, thank you for showing me this lesson in how to fail forward. I don’t want to be like Judas. I don’t want to let guilt and shame destroy me. I want to receive the forgiveness that you give to me freely and move forward in my life, to glorify you! Thank you Jesus for loving me first. For dying for me. For giving me life eternal with you. And for allowing me to have so much fun, in the here and now, sharing your love with others.
I love you Jesus.
In your name I pray,
God’s Blessing Upon You!
The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!