Chapter Nine: Why Should I Trust Jesus When I Have Failed So Many Times?
In the concluding chapter of the book, Sterrett writes the following:
You and I will make mistakes. But God, through His grace, will help us to become wiser in the future and to avoid making similar mistakes. No matter what we do, God gives us an opportunity to respond to the love of Jesus.1
So when we fail, Sterrett encourages us to do these four things:
- Appreciate the grace of God - Christ’s love for us is immense and His grace limitless when we fail.
- Realize we can become better people - Sterrett writes, Sometimes failures can be our greatest asset. We can become more careful, more sensitive, and more willing to trust God rather than ourselves.2
- Get up, do not give up - In Scripture we have examples of people who got up after their failures. Peter is one such example. Sterrett also references Proverbs 24:16 which states that “though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.”
- Receive God’s forgiveness - This is the greatest gift He provides to us through Jesus if we only reach out and accept it. Sterrett writes, Through His death and resurrection, Christ offers us a free gift that will be far beyond anything we can imagine - abundant life right now and a life forever with God in heaven. God’s extravagant package includes complete forgiveness of sins, inner joy, peace, contentment, a constant and loving companion in Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit to help us live a consistent, God-pleasing life.3
Sterrett then ends the chapter by encouraging the reader to place their trust in Christ. A fitting end to a book fit for describing and defending the uniqueness and greatness of Jesus.
Thanks for your readership and thanks again to Dave Sterrett for the review copy!
Stand firm in Christ,
1. Page 154.
2. Page 157.
3. Page 159.