The Antidote for Feeling like a Failure



For the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions,
and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
Titus 2:11-12


I've been contemplating God's grace a lot over the past year...

About a year ago I discovered the Well-Watered Woman Company Ministry   They have wonderful, Word-centered Bible studies and materials to encourage you to walk in Grace.

Even though I personally have been walking with the Lord for about 20 years now, I am still learning much about Grace...

Grace:  Free and unmerited favor of God

The definition of God's Grace hit me like a ton of bricks last week...

Free and unmerited favor of God...

Of course I know this, but do I really know it??

You know those times when Satan gets a foothold and convinces you that you are not good enough; that you can't possibly be a Christian with how you behave; that nobody loves you; that you are a failure; that you are ugly, that God doesn't love you...

I seem to be having one of those months, where I've been pretty down on myself based on circumstances that feel personal and due to my own failings, I have fallen prey to Satan's lies.

But then I realized, I am not applying God's free and unmerited favor to myself.

By showing Grace to myself, I am not accepting my sin or my perception of my lot, but recognizing that I am a sinner saved by Grace.  Nothing will separate me from the love of God - NOTHING!  From the moment I realize I have succumbed to Satan's lies or from the moment I have sinned,  I can start fresh by confessing to the Lord for He has already removed my sins as far as the East is from the West.  When I give myself Grace, I receive afresh God's free and unmerited favor to remind me that I am safe and secure in Him.

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:16


“I need Thy presence ev’ry passing hour, What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Thru cloud and sunshine, O abide with me!”  Lyte & Monk



In the same way, when there are those in our lives that push our buttons, hurt us time and again or don't reciprocate our love, we must extend the same Grace to them that the Lord has given us.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, 
forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

You might not feel certain people deserve your favor, but because we didn't deserve God's favor, yet He still lavished it upon us, we should extend that same grace to others.

It seems that 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 sums up best how to show Grace to others...

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


“More about Jesus I would know, more of His grace to others show; More of His saving fullness see, more of His love, who died for me. More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus; More of His saving fullness see, more of His love, who died for me.”   Hewitt & Sweney



And finally, God's Grace trains us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives.

When we apply God's Grace to our lives, we will not become a self-fulfilling prophecy with a "well I'm going to mess up anyway..." mentality which just holds us prisoner to our sinful ways, but will instead see ourselves the way God sees us, wearing the Righteous robes of Jesus that will spur us on to walk in Grace.

We are like little children.  When a child is continually praised, they strive to obey and it creates a cycle of success.

In the same way, when we continually apply the Grace of God to ourselves, it will train us to be Godly and to continually show God's grace to others.


Next week I will be sharing more about God's Amazing Grace in my post The Epitome of Grace.  I hope you will join me then.




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Comments

  1. I'm so glad you shared the lyrics to "More, More About Jesus." Now I am singing that song. I too want to grow in grace.

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    1. Hi Amy, Well I'm glad too! :-)

      May we all grow together in Grace.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. :-)

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  2. "By showing Grace to myself, I am not accepting my sin or my perception of my lot, but recognizing that I am a sinner saved by Grace. Nothing will separate me from the love of God - NOTHING! "

    This is a truth I have to revisit time and time again. It seems so preposterous that He would extend grace to me - but HE DOES! Praise God!

    Love the quotes from the old hymns! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Jerralea, I think it's something we all struggle with, and in that struggle there is Grace...

      I'm so glad!

      Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  3. Thank you for these beautiful thoughts about Grace. I feel like I could live my whole life, and I will still have more to learn about grace, so I know what you mean! And thank you for sharing the old hymns here also. I'm going to listen to some of them now. Truly He does lift us from our failures with such precious grace!

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    1. Hi Bettie, You are very welcome. Oh, me too!

      Indeed and Amen!

      I always enjoy your visits. :-)

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  4. I'm right there with you, sweet friend. I don't think I will ever fully comprehend God's grace. It seems that in my mind it applies to everyone else, but I find it very difficult to believe that it applies to myself. So thankful for friends like you who keep pointing me back to the cross and to the truth of what is real. Sending love and hugs to you!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, Oh I know exactly what you mean.

      Awe, your words always bless me so much. And you also certainly point all your readers back to Christ with such humility and grace.

      Sending you many blessings on this Lord's Day. You are dearly loved.

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  5. It's so hard sometimes to give ourselves grace, isn't it? We need to believe God and not the lies of the devil. Thanks so much for your lovely reminders of His grace. And I remember singing "More About Jesus" at churches in the past. Beautiful! Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #TrekkingThru.

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    1. Hi Gayl, Yes! Yes!

      You are very welcome!

      I appreciate so much your faithful visits.

      Blessings to you on this Lord's Day.

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  6. My friends and I have had a lengthy discussion about the definition of grace (stemming from a study on grace) and have altered the traditional definition for grace being 'God's unmerited favor'. Obviously, the definition is still true ... so long as you have a solid biblical understanding to begin with. but since the world is moving away from biblical literacy, we decided that just describing it as God's unmerited favor leaves a potential misunderstanding for the unchurched to believe that God's favor rests on all people, without differentiation, but since we receive grace only through Christ. We settled on the following definition instead that leaves no doubt how one can be a recipient of grace. --- God's favor given based on the merits of Christ.

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    1. Hi Karen, Thank you so very much for adding to the conversation! You bring up such good points!

      Your visit has been such a blessing.

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  7. Wonderful post. Yes...I find myself turning again and again toward the grace of God. I am ever so thankful that he forgives me and sets me on the right path again.

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    1. Thank you so much!

      Indeed! What a gracious God we have!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!

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  8. A great reminder to receive and extend grace. Thank you.

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    1. Hi JD lana, Praise God!

      You are very welcome!

      Blessings,

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  9. I love your writing style and get so much from it. Thank you. laurensparks.net

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    1. Hi Lauren, Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. They have spurred me on and blessed me.

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  10. Great post, we need to continually apply God's grace in our lives & this highlights that we need to ingest it within our beings including our emotions too!

    You're most welcome to drop by for a cuppa,
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for your kind words!

      I took you up on your offer to come visit and thoroughly enjoyed my time with you. :-)

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  11. Thank you for your post reminding us who we are in Christ Jesus! Grace. Where would we be without it? Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. Hi Miaismine, You are very welcome!

      I wouldn't want to know...

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  12. God's grace really is amazing. I love how you pointed out that the more we apply God's grace to ourselves, we are trained to become more Godly and share God's grace with others. It's such a beautiful truth. Thank you for sharing at Grace and Truth last week. I would love to feature this post tomorrow.

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    1. Hi Dawn, Indeed it is!

      Praising God for His beautiful truth. :-)

      Thank you so much for featuring my post tomorrow! That means a lot!

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  13. Hi Karen...you are so right--we need constant encouragement like little children to keep growing in faith. Thank you for this reminder! Sharing on Twitter.

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    1. Hi Sarah, You are quite welcome! :-)

      Thanks so much for the Twitter share. I appreciate it!

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