Strength to Move Past Our Failures

Ericka Loynes

Read: Luke 22:54-62;

Acts 2:36-41

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter . . . And [Peter] went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60-62)

Have you ever known people who are outspoken? They are not afraid to say what’s on their mind and may pride themselves on being the only honest folks in the room. Though honesty is admirable, people speaking without thinking are like bulls in a china shop. You can bet that they are going to cause some damage.

Out of all the disciples, Peter was probably the most vocal and to the point. He was quick to give his opinion and to let you know when he didn’t agree. So, it was no surprise that when Peter was told he would deny Jesus, he was quick to reject it. Later, however, it happened. Peter had failed Jesus, and his words left an ugly mark.

Whether we’re soft-spoken or outspoken, we all fall short of where we want to be. The true test of our character depends on what we do after we make a mistake. Judas Iscariot and Peter both betrayed Jesus, but Judas’ sorrow led to death, whereas Peter’s sorrow led to repentance and life (2 Cor. 7:10). We can stay down and wallow in self-pity, or we can reach out to God and ask for his strength to help us recover (Prov. 24:16). —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the strength to get back up when we fail.