Jesus Uses Us In Spite Of Our Mistakes

Are you afraid of making a mistake? Do you have trouble making decisions because you are afraid you are going to do the wrong thing? I’m with you. I was right there… still am, at times.
Back in ninetie’s, I was very apprehensive about making decisions because I didn’t want to mess up. But I read a book that spoke to me and helped me. The book was by John Maxwell. It was entitled, “Failing Forward.”
In the book, Maxwell shared stories of the many people throughout history who messed up but, instead of allowing a mistake to trip them up or hold them back, they learned it from an used it to help them move forward. I remeember thinking, “I wish I had read this ten years ago.”
We all make mistakes. But mistakes don’t have to hold us back. One of the greatest examples of this is Simon Peter.
Jesus had warned Simon that before the cock crowed three times, Simon would deny knowing the Lord. The scripture says that after Jesus was arrested, Simon was in the courtyard and a slave noticed Peter. The slave said, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?”
The Bible says that “Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.”
So, Simon had messed up… And he messed up so bad, he couldn’t be used again, right?
Fast forward several days. After the resurrection of Jesus, Simon was on the shores of the sea of Galilee when Jesus met him. Jesus told Simon, he wanted him to “food his sheep” and Simon was forgiven. Simon would go on to preach the first Christian sermon in history when he stood on the day of Pentecost and preached to thousands.
Even though Simon had messed up, Jesus wasn’t finished with him. The same is true for us. If you have messed up, confess your sins, ask for the Lord forgiveness and Jesus will use you. He used Simon Peter and He will use us as well.

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