When we come to faith in Christ, we realize there is nothing we can do to earn a right relationship with God. We fail, but Jesus gives us hope. Now that we are Christians, we still fail, but we sometimes chastise ourselves for failing. The same grace we needed for salvation is the same grace we need to live it out. The hope we have in Christ is grounded in grace, and we need to experience that grace day by day.
John 18:15-18,25-27; 21:15-19
Think back over the last week—maybe even the last hour. Chances are you’ve denied Jesus. Perhaps you said something unkind about someone and felt bad about it later. Maybe you wanted to indulge the flesh, even in just a small way, and you ignored the Holy Spirit pleading with you to turn from the sin. In any case, all people have weaknesses, and we, from time to time, fail to live in obedience to God.
The question isn’t if we’ll fail Him; we will. The question, rather, is how we will respond when we do. After Peter denied Jesus, he thought their relationship was over. But Jesus reminded Peter of His love and His desire to use Peter’s life.
- Today, acknowledge your sins, but more importantly, acknowledge the love and sacrifice of Jesus, the One who redeems people from our otherwise irreparably broken state. From this place of renewal, you can better help your students to experience God’s grace when they fail.
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