|Series Theme: God's Love for You|
Title: 3. When You Fail & Get It Wrong
series that considers some of the basic things that the Bible
We also considered the cost to the Father and Son, of being parted to bring about the possibility of your forgiveness for all the wrongs you've ever thought, said or done.
we considered that because of these things, and because the Bible tells
us, we know that God is FOR us, completely for us!
it sees us coming, it runs and accepts us back without blame or condemnation.
Suppose I Fail Again?
Consider the following verse:
This verse tells us a number of things: first John, the writer, expects that we won't sin as Christians, but acknowledges that it is always a possibility.
Having acknowledged the possibility, he then tells us what will happen from God's side - Jesus speaks up for us.
This is where many of us struggle - look it up if you haven't done so yet - Jesus speaks up for us in our defence.
Jesus Doesn't Do!
We imagine Jesus, when we've just failed, saying, "Oh no, why did I ever bother with them? I've had enough of them. I'm giving up on them", but that's not what a defence lawyer would say.
So What Does Jesus Say?
shows us God's heart
Jesus is the image of the God we can't see (Col 1:15) wrote the apostle Paul.
Jesus, speaking of the person who believes in him said that when they look at him they will see the Father. (Jn 12:44,45). In other words the Bible declares Jesus to be God's Son and therefore, when we see Jesus act, we know that is how God the Father acts.
So, lets look at three examples of how Jesus dealt with people (you may want to look them up in a Bible).
3. Jesus and the Blind Man
We want to condemn, Jesus wants to heal!
We want reasons why things happen, Jesus just wants to put them right.
We worry about the past, Jesus is more concerned to ensure the future is better.
We assume God comes to judge, Jesus shows He comes to bless.
Now in Jesus' time that was very serious and the Law required such a person be stoned to death (it made for a very moral society!).
The people who brought her to Jesus were religious leaders who wanted Jesus to lose some of his popularity with the crowd. If he condemned her he would be seen to be siding with the unpopular religious leaders.
So what does he do? He writes in the sand on the floor!
Why? We're not told, but perhaps he was writing a list of the sins in the lives of those leaders, we don't know. After he wrote he stood up and invited anyone who was without sin to be the first to throw a stone at her. And then he carried on writing in the sand.
anyone condemned you," he asked her. "No one, sir," she replied. "Then
neither do I ," Jesus declared. Finally he told her to return home and
make sure she didn't sin like that again.
Jesus and Peter's denial
Peter had been one of Jesus' closest followers, yet when Jesus was arrested a situation arose whereby Peter denied Jesus three times.
the above passage, Jesus returned after his death and, in one of his
resurrection appearances, talked with Peter. Three times in that
passage we find Jesus asking Peter, "Do you love me?" and three times
Peter affirms his love for Jesus. Three times Jesus tells Peter to look
after his embryonic church.
Then he basically appoints Peter to be one of the main leaders in his coming church. This is incredible! Peter has failed Jesus, as badly as it is possible to fail him, and what does Jesus do?
him a leader! What is this all about?
Tradition has it that he too was finally crucified for his faith - upside down because he didn't want to die like his Master. Jesus' expectations of Peter were fully realised.
Jesus love you any less than these three? You failed in life? Join the
human race! Jesus understands that. He loves you with your failure!
This is the nature of Jesus' (and God's) love. The apostle Paul was to write, "Love… keeps no record of wrongs" (1 Cor 13:5).
we've been talking about has been the love of God that is there for
you - but you have to come to the end of yourself first. You won't
be able to receive and experience that love of God if you keep holding
Him at arm's length.
That can change. Take in again what this page has said about how much He loves you. Dare to believe it. Receive it. Live with it. Allow Him to transform you.