FROM THE PULPIT: Failing allows us to grow stronger in our faith

Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 01:24 PM.

The same is true with our faith. Christians have promised to make Jesus Christ the center of our lives. Sometimes, that is just plain hard to remember — especially when difficulties and challenges rear their ugly heads. When we realize we have neglected Him, guilt can come flooding in.

But remember this: Christians are imperfect, but we are forgiven. God knows we will fail Him periodically. God knows we may break our promises to Him once in a while. It happens to the best of us.

And yet, God forgives our failings. He graciously lets us fail on our own so we learn to rely on Him more fully. He lets us learn from our mistakes.

As He does, we grow stronger in our faith.

Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? Failure brings strength. The truth is, it does.

So if you have not kept your New Year's resolutions, that’s OK. Don’t give up on them. Start over. Learn from what caused you to not keep them and don’t repeat the pattern.

If you've broken a promise you made to God, ask God’s forgiveness, learn what caused you to break those promises, pick up the pieces, start again and do your best to not repeat the harmful pattern.

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