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God’s Solution for Our Failures

“[God] canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to the cross.”

Colossians 2:14 (NCV)

You are going to fail in life. That’s a given. Thankfully, you can live free from guilt and learn to move beyond your mistakes.

The Bible is painfully honest about the failures of its heroes. God saved the world from the flood through a man named Noah—yet his story ended in shame. Moses led the children of Israel through the Red Sea and into freedom—yet his anger kept him out of the Promised Land. King David was a man after God’s heart—but he had an affair and murdered the woman’s husband so he wouldn’t be discovered.

God realizes your frailty—and he has a solution for it: grace. If he only used perfect people, the Bible would be a short book. Jesus canceled our debt; he paid for our brokenness when he went to the cross.

God transforms failure into triumph, and he transforms broken lives into trophies of his grace. This is what the world needs; this is what it must be shown.

Just like those heroes of the Bible, you are an example of God’s grace. Your primary witness to the world around you isn’t all the great things you do for God—it’s how you handle the mistakes you’ve made. Do you wallow in guilt, or do you revel in the grace of God?

You are a trophy of God’s grace! You are forgiven in Christ and have been given the power to start over.


This devotional came from the Open Doors: A Year of Daily Devotions by Rick Warren. You can get it HERE.

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