Living the Story Devotional Series: Failure

Living the Story is a midweek devotional aimed to inspire and encourage you to place your life in the gospel story that continues to live and breathe each new day. This week we covered “Failure.” Click “download” below for a pdf version of this devotional.

A Prayer – Confession

Confession is more than reading your wrap sheet before God. In reality it’s more of an uncovering of the humanness that we’ve been holding in: guilt, shame, weakness, anger, out-of-control…everything. Listen, friend, God can take everything and anything you can give Him. Lay it before Him. Consider these Scriptures as you begin to incorporate confession in your daily prayers:

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 51:1

If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

A Virtue – Humility

Acknowledging our failure brings about humility. And here’s the thing: sometimes we think that humility is weakness, but in actuality it is strength. What situation in life invites a humility response? What conflict requires a Christ-like humility?

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave…

Matthew 20:25-27

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.

Philippians 2:1-3

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
    is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 22:4

An Action – Forgiveness

Because we seek forgiveness, Jesus commands us to forgive others. Sometimes offering forgiveness feels like we’re letting the other person off the hook. Sometimes forgiveness feels unjust. And you know…you’re right! You see, God bypassed His own justice to offer us forgiveness and grace. Because we are forgiven, we are free to forgive.

And forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:12

Kids Corner!

Parents, talk about something you are learning that is hard for you. Then, bring up an example that might be hard for them (like tying their shoe).

  • Read Genesis 3 or Luke 15:11
  • Discuss: ROAR (Recognize, Own it, Accept, Reflect/Repent)
  • Teach: FAIL (First Attempt In Learning)