You are not a failure. You are a child of God. You might sin, struggle, stumble, and fall; but you are NOT a failure. You are the very image of God. You are so valuable that God became a man and died on the Cross for you. You are so precious in His sight that He extends His unfailing mercy and offers His unconditional love to you.
The judgments of society are not the judgments of Our Lord. The fickle loyalty of man is not the abiding love of God. The demands of society are not the peace of the Savior. The standards of the world are not the expectations of our Creator. Sometimes those who try the hardest are those who suffer the most. Those who strive to ‘seek peace and pursue it’ [I Peter 3:11]
are those who experience the greatest violence. Those who proclaim righteousness are those who may fall into the worst of sins. Those who desire holiness are those who may succumb to the foulest temptations. And those who truly serve a heavenly cause are those who may suffer the worst earthly hardships.
When people say, “His ministry failed; her marriage failed; their children failed; etc.” they speak the words of the devil rather than the words of God. For “Our Lord works all things together for the good of those who love Him.” [Romans 8:28]
The works of true love and genuine service to others are never failures. Ministry and marriage are not businesses that predicate success upon financial gain, popular following, or longevity. What appears to be stable on the outside may be rotten at the core, and what appears to be broken on the surface may be rock solid underneath.
So remember that God does not look at any of His children as ‘failures.’ His love is too pure, too great, too faithful and too profound. He looks upon us with love- not because we deserve it, not because we have earned it, not because we are holy and not because we are wretched. God loves mankind because He is God and He has fashioned us with divine love. If we know this truth, we will rise up and march forward with faith and hope- regardless of our circumstances, setbacks, sins or mistakes. The love of God is ever faithful and ever sure. Let nothing cause us to think otherwise.