If you have failed and you are filled with despair, with no idea
where to turn for inspiration and strength, remember then the
compassion of Jesus. In the power of His love He encourages
you to persevere and to rebuild your life.
– Solly Ozrovech
One of the most comforting verses God put into the Bible is the one that says “…though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:24). If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and truly desire to serve the Lord and live our lives as His children, the following verse will apply to us. “If the Lord delights in a man’s way he makes his steps firm” (Psalm 37:23). It doesn’t matter how many times we may fail or feel we have blown it. If we are prepared to go before Him and confess our sins, He says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25).
Jesus knows exactly what we are like. In fact, He made allowances for our bad behavior when He answered Peter’s question. “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22).
The story of Jonah epitomizes God’s compassion, forgiveness, and willingness to give us many chances to redeem ourselves. Jonah went in the opposite direction that God told him to go, was thrown into the sea, swallowed by a big fish, and brought up again onto land. God then gave Jonah another chance to carry on with the mission that had been entrusted to him.
God states clearly, “I am the One who began the good work within you, and I will keep right on helping you grow in My grace until My task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns” (Philippians 1:6). To back that up He put this in the Bible as well for whenever our hearts condemn us. “For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything” (1 John 3:20).
About the Contributor
Noelene Curry is a public speaker and the author of God’s Promise for Families and All God’s Stones. She speaks and writes about God’s redeeming love and His immense ability to restore people and relationships, especially in the aftermath of divorce. Connect with Noelene via her website at http://www.godspromise.co.za. All our contributors are volunteers. Bless them by learning more about them.