Do not accept defeat!

What should I do when I fail?               

  • I John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Proverbs 24:26a – “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.”

“After each failure ask for forgiveness, pick yourself up and try again. For however important chastity may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us: it is the very sign of His presence.”   C.S. Lewis 

  • I Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 
  • Proverbs 3:5-7 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyesfear the LORD and shun evil.

Steve Cornell

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2 Responses to Do not accept defeat!

  1. asimplesinner says:

    Did my last entry post? Sill error messages!

  2. asimplesinner says:

    I guess not.. IT was:

    How generally as an Evangelical do you interpret Christ’s command in John 20:21-23 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”?

    How do you understand what Christ empowered them to do or what He meant by “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld”?

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